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Duck, Long-tailed (Oldsquaw)
Clangula hyemalis

Diving Ducks
Waterfowl Family (Anatidae)

Size: Length: 43-50 cm Wingspan: None

Description: The former name of the long-tailed duck, oldsquaw, refered to the constant vocalizations of this occasional migrant. Nesting in the far north, it may be seen on lakes and ponds as it heads towards its wintering grounds along the coasts. It is a unique looking duck with the male changing dramatically through the season. Breeding males have a dark head and chest with a large white eye patch which covers much of their head. The sides are white and the back brown. A long tail extends beyond the body similar to the pintail. Non-breeding males, on the other hand, are mostly white in colour with at dark patch behind and below the eye. The forebody and back black, the sides and underbelly white, and the tail feather still extends beyond the body. Females have a mottled brown back, light underside with a darker chest. In the breeding season they have a dark neck, light head and dark ear-patch. Non-breeding females have a lighter head and neck with only a very small ear-patch. Although largely light coloured, in flight its wings are entirely dark. No other duck is similar. Its whistling call is distinctive, and incessant.

Similar Species: None

Range: None

Habitat: None

Diet: None

Nesting: None

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