In winter, Long-tailed Duck drakes have a white head, neck and upper breast with a gray cheek patch and a large black patch below the cheek. The drake's body is white and black. During the breeding season, the drake's head is black and the hen has a brown head and body with a white patch around the eye and white under the tail. In all plumages, Long-tailed ducks have dark wings and the drakes have long central tail feathers.
Length: 20 1/2"
Weight: 2 lbs.
A slim, brightly plumaged sea duck. Smaller than the scoters or eiders. Flight is swift and low with constantly changing flock formations. Ranges along both coasts and the Great Lakes.
One of the most vocal of ducks; drakes have a loud pleasant caloo, caloo, constantly heard.