|It nests in tree holes, such as old woodpecker nests.
Mainly fish in the winter and insects and their larvae in the summer.
Breeds in the northern taiga of Europe and Asia. As
a migrant, it leaves its breeding areas and winters on sheltered coasts
or inland lakes of the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, northern
Germany and the Low Countries, with a small number
reaching Great Britain.
Males are white with a black mask and a black back with fine black
marks on the side of the breast. The females are mottled grey with a
striking reddish head with white cheeks.
38 - 44 cm
6 - 9 cream coloured