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White-winged Duck

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About the White-winged Duck

The White-winged Duck is a large species of duck native to parts of Southeast Asia. They have mostly dark bodies with a contrasting white head and neck. The namesake white wing-patches can be best seen in flight.

White-winged Ducks generally feed by dabbling. They dine on aquatic vegetation as well as small animals like snails or small fish. These somewhat secretive birds have nocturnal tendencies and usually feed at night.

White-winged Ducks face population threats and the conservation status for the species is Endangered as of November 2013. Habitat loss has led to fragmentation of the population, which further threatens the species.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 16 November 2013
Scientific Name Asarcornis scutulata
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Asarcornis
  • A. scutulata
Birdorable Family Ducks & Geese
Conservation Status Endangered
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 16 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
26 to 32 inches
46 to 60 inches
68.8 to 137.6 ounces


From IUCN Red List:
The White-winged Duck is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2013 by BirdLife International. This forest duck is listed as Endangered because it has a very small and fragmented population which is undergoing a very rapid and continuing decline as a result of the loss of and disturbance to riverine habitats.

International Names

  • 白翅栖鸭 (Chinese)
  • pižmovka bělokřídlá (Czech)
  • Hvidvinget Skovand (Danish)
  • Witvleugelboseend (Dutch)
  • sumatransorsa (Finnish)
  • Canard à ailes blanches (French)
  • Weißflügel-Moschusente (German)
  • Anatra arboricola alibianche (Italian)
  • ハジロモリガモ [hajiromorigamo] (Japanese)
  • Jungeland (Norwegian)
  • pizmówka malajska (Polish)
  • Белоголовая утка (Russian)
  • Pato de Jungla (Spanish)
  • Vitvingad myskand (Swedish)