Long-tailed Duck

About the Long-tailed Duck

Also known as: Oldsquaw
The Long-tailed Duck is a medium-sized sea duck found in waters of the Northern Hemisphere. They breed in waters around the North Atlantic region, including mountain lakes, tundra pools, and sea coasts. In the winter they migrate along continental coastlines to warmer waters in the south.

Male Long-tailed Ducks in alternate plumage are distinctive and can be recognized by their namesake long tail feathers, grey bill with pink band, dark cheek patch and bold white and dark contrasting body plumage.

Long-tailed Ducks feed by diving, hunting for food items including mollusks and small fish. They use their wings to propel themselves under water.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 03 April 2019
Scientific Name
Clangula hyemalis
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Clangula
  • C. hyemalis
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Units: Imperial / Metric
15 to 23 inches
28.4 inches
17.6 to 38.8 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 长尾鸭
Czech (Cesky) hoholka lední
Danish (Dansk) Havlit
Dutch (Nederlands) IJseend
Finnish (Suomi) alli
French (Français) Harelde kakawi
German (Deutsch) Eisente
Italian (Italiano) Moretta codona
Japanese (日本語) コオリガモ [koorigamo]
Korean (한국어) 바다꿩
Norwegian (Norsk) Havelle
Polish (Polski) lodówka
Portuguese (Português) Pato-de-cauda-afilada
Russian (русский язык) Морянка
Spanish (Español) Pato Havelda
Swedish (Svenska) alfågel
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