Game Bird Hunting

Oregon is on the southern edge of this duck’s range, making them rare to uncommon visitors.

Features: The winter males' body is mostly white except for a black breast and central back; the wings are dark, scapulars long and gray, and the dark central tail feathers are long and slender. Winter females are darker above with a light head; scapulars and tail feathers are short and dark. Dark areas mark females' heads and males' necks.

Habitat: Long-tailed ducks can show up almost anywhere from the coast (they usually winter off shore) to inland on the Columbia River and on lakes throughout the state.

Techniques: Some long-tailed ducks are taken in Oregon, but not enough to show up in harvest statistics.