L 11″ (28 cm) W 24″ (61 cm).
Song or calls:
Low “kek-kek-kek” and repeated “kay-ee.”
Description: Sexes similar. Breeding adult has black hood, black bill, pale gray back, white wing tips, white underparts, and red-orange legs. Winter adult has dark gray cap and dark spot behind eye. Second winter bird is similar to adult but the underwing pattern is not yet fully complete. First winter bird is like other winter birds but has brown on wings and primaries.
Habitat: Surface forager of seas, bays, and estuaries.
Where in Nebraska: Accidental. An Old World species that now nests around the Great Lakes in North America. Rare elsewhere in the United States.
Fun Facts: The first sighting in North America was in 1819, but it wasn’t until 1962 that a nest was found in North America.