Long-Tailed Duck

You've got to hear these ducks "yodel!"

Photo By: Julie Larsen Maher / WCS

In the fourth year of its waterfowl breeding program, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo is home to eight rare or endangered species from around the world that have produced chicks this year. With 23 duck species on exhibit, the zoo has the largest public collection of sea ducks in the world.

Long-tailed ducks are a species of sea duck that can be seen in the Polar Seabird Exhibit adjacent to the Penguin House. Recently classified as “Vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), it is known for its distinctive plumage and yodel-like vocalizations. The species’ native breeding range is near arctic tundra and coastal habitats throughout Asia, Europe, and North America, and can be seen in winter along coastal areas of the northeastern U.S. including New York and Long Island. The WCS Beringia Program recently helped protect 11 million acres of wetland habitat in Arctic Alaska for this and other arctic breeding birds. The zoo’s two new chicks represent the first that have been successfully raised at Central Park Zoo. WCS also works in the New York Bight off the coast of New York City to protect the marine habitats that support the long-tailed duck and other wildlife.

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