#Biodiversity150 number 63 of 150 Long-tailed Duck

63/150: The Ultimate Diving Champion

animalia: Chordata: Aves: Anseriformes: Anatidae: Clangula: Clangula hyemalis (Linnaeus, 1758)

Now this species is set for the Olympics! The Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) – formerly known as Oldsquaw – sets the record for one of the deepest diving ducks (over 60 metres)! Whereas Olympic athletes perform impressive feats like these for medals, the Long-tailed Duck must dive to survive. It uses its diving technique to forage for food deep below the surface, such as insects and crustaceans. The Long-tailed Duck may spend up to FOUR times as much time under the water than on top of the water when foraging. You can find the Long-tailed Duck on the coasts of North America, anywhere from lakes to oceans! There are currently 23 Long-tailed Ducks barcoded on BOLD.  #Canada150 #Biodiversity150

This duck gets it name from the long tail feathers found on the males. Photo Credit: Wolfgang Wander
A male Long-tailed Duck and a female Long-tailed Duck flying alongside each other, showing their distinct plumage patterns. Photo Credit: Ron Knight goo.gl/KLl6M4
A mother Long-tailed Duck and her ducklings. Photo Credit: Ómar Runólfsson goo.gl/K1C0s2

Here’s the barcode sequence information for this species:

Process ID:  BROMB294-06

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Learn more about it’s BIN (Barcode Index Number): BOLD:AAB6263

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