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Stejneger's Scoter - Melanitta stejnegeri

Native Species
Accidental Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

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General Description
The Stejneger’s Scoter breeds in eastern Asia, from southeastern Siberia to the Kamchatka Peninsula and as far south as Mongolia. Breeding habitat is usually around small lakes and ponds in boreal forest and Arctic tundra. It winters mostly at sea, off China, the Korean Peninsula, Japan and the Kamchatka Peninsula (del Hoyo et al. 2020).

Stejneger’s Scoter is accidental in North America. It was first detected in Montana in 2015.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 1

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Relative Density


SUMMER (Feb 16 - Dec 14)
Direct Evidence of Breeding

Indirect Evidence of Breeding

No Evidence of Breeding

WINTER (Dec 15 - Feb 15)
Regularly Observed

Not Regularly Observed


(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

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Citation for data on this website:
Stejneger's Scoter — Melanitta stejnegeri.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from