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Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis L 40-47cm.<br />
 Elegant diving duck, at home in roughest of seas. Dives for bottom-dwelling invertebrates. In flight, has dark wings and mainly white underparts. Sexes are dissimilar in other respects. Adult male, in winter and spring looks mainly black, grey and white with buffish patch around eye and pink band on bill. In summer and eclipse (both seldom seen here) has mainly brown and black plumage, with white on belly and flanks and pale buff eye patch; bill is dark. Adult female, in winter is mainly brown and white; face is white except for dark cheek patch and crown. In summer, similar but face is mainly brown, with pale eye patch. Juvenile is similar to adult female in summer. Voice Male utters nasal ow–owlee. Status Mainly a winter visitor, commonest in N. Favours shallow coastal seas
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Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis L 40-47cm.
Elegant diving duck, at home in roughest of seas. Dives for bottom-dwelling invertebrates. In flight, has dark wings and mainly white underparts. Sexes are dissimilar in other respects. Adult male, in winter and spring looks mainly black, grey and white with buffish patch around eye and pink band on bill. In summer and eclipse (both seldom seen here) has mainly brown and black plumage, with white on belly and flanks and pale buff eye patch; bill is dark. Adult female, in winter is mainly brown and white; face is white except for dark cheek patch and crown. In summer, similar but face is mainly brown, with pale eye patch. Juvenile is similar to adult female in summer. Voice Male utters nasal ow–owlee. Status Mainly a winter visitor, commonest in N. Favours shallow coastal seas

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