Long-Tailed Duck (Latin: Clangula hyemalis)
If this duck could speak, I swear he'd sound like Prince Charles. "The Long-tailed duck is a slim, brightly plumaged sea duck. Smaller than the scoters or eiders. Flight is swift and low with constantly changing bunched-flock formations.
Long-tailed ducks have a very complex cycle of plumages. 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 with a white/grey cheek and eye patch.
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.
They are very vocal, with their yodeling voice carrying across the tundra and coastal habitats." Food habits
Long-tailed ducks are excellent divers, with their favorite foods being crustaceans and mollusks.
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