Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)



  • BC: Blue – S2S3B, S4N (2015)
  • COSEWIC: Not Ranked
  • SARA: Not Ranked
  • Global: Secure (2016)


A medium-sized sea duck with complex black-and-white colouration during the breeding season.  The male has a long pointed tail.  Feeds by diving for mollusks, crustaceans, and fish.


Migratory along both eastern and western coasts of North America, as well as Europe and Asia.


In British Columbia, breeding is limited to a very restricted area in the extreme northwest of the Province. The main threat to this species is oil spills.

Galiano Status

This species is rarely sighted in the waters around Galiano Island.

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