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A medium-sized duck. Males have a long, black pointed tail, about 10 centimetres, while the females are more brown and have a short tail. The colour of their plumage changes with the seasons.
They are a northern bird and nest in Alaska, northern Canada, and northern Europe. However, they can winter in the Great Lakes -- this is where this pair was spotted --- diving along Toronto's downtown waterfront.
They are great divers and can go as deep as 60 metres.