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White-winged Duck - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by James Eaton
Preah Vihar, Cambodia, February 2008

Alternative name: White-winged Wood Duck

Asarcornis scutulata

Cairina scutulata


Dark brown, almost black, body, white patches on the wings, white head and neck, spotted with black. Females are smaller and usually have more densely mottled head and upper neck. Juvenile is duller and browner. Endangered.


Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Sumatra, India, Bangladesh and Burma.


Some authorities place this species in the genus Cairina.

This is a monotypic species[1].


Stagnant or slow-flowing natural and artificial wetlands, within or adjacent to evergreen, deciduous or swamp forests.


They can often be found roosting in the shade of trees to avoid the midday sun.


They feed mostly at night; the diet includes seeds and aquatic plants, insects, larva, worms, small fish and frogs.


It nests in tree holes.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Carboneras, C. and G. M. Kirwan (2020). White-winged Duck (Asarcornis scutulata), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.whwduc1.01

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