Well known to most British birders, but not often in breeding plumage except on Fetlar, their last
breeding stronghold in Britain. This species shows reversed sexual dimorphism, the female
being the brighter and taking no part in incubation or caring for young. The breeding range
spans the whole Northern hemisphere in Arctic and Subarctic regions, the breeding bird on the
main page was photographed on the Kommander Islands! The juvenile strangely shows a reddish neck which is not present in older
non-breeding birds, the centre bird is an adult male and the right hand bird a 1st winter.
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