Cold northern waters around the globe are home to one of the most distinctive of all waterfowl, the Long-tailed Duck. This beautiful diver breeds on Arctic tundra across North America, Europe, and Asia, and it winters along coastlines and on some of the largest lakes.
In North America, the breeding range takes in most of Alaska and much of northern Canada, including the islands of the Canadian High Arctic. Winter finds the Long-tailed Duck mostly in coastal waters from the southern Bering Sea and the Aleutians south to Washington and from eastern Canada south to the Mid-Atlantic states. Large numbers also spend the season on Lake Ontario and elsewhere on northern parts of the Great Lakes.