Living Bird Magazine
Nonbreeding birds in the high arctic (mandtii subspecies) are whiter overall than nonbreeding birds in the Atlantic.© Alvan Buckley | Macaulay LibraryNewfoundland and Labrador, February 19, 2017
Nonbreeding birds have whitish heads and underparts.© Christoph Moning | Macaulay LibraryNorðurland eystra, March 02, 2014
- Medium-sized to small waterbird.
- Thin, straight bill.
- Large white wing patches.
- Bright red feet.
- Relatively long, thick neck.
- All black with white wing patches in summer.
- Mostly white with dusky back in winter.
Immature DescriptionSimilar to nonbreeding adult, but with more mottling on head and neck, and black markings breaking the white wing patches.
- Both Sexes
- Length: 11.8-12.6 in (30-32 cm)
- Weight: 11.3-17.1 oz (320-485 g)
- Wingspan: 20.5-22.8 in (52-58 cm)
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