Common Loon

Other Names: Great Northern Loon, Great Northern Diver

Distributionnorthern North America in summer; coasts of North America and Europe in winter.

Loon distribution range map

Description:

Size: 73-88 cm in length with a 122-148 cm wingspan, weighing 1.6-8 kg.

Plumage: In summer, the head and neck are black with white bands on the neck, and the back is black with white spots. In winter, the crown, neck, and uppersides are dark grayish; the throat and undersides are white. The eyes are red and the bill is gray to black.

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Common Loon

Common Loon

Bill Shape
dagger
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
aleutians
arizona
arkansas
baja california
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
greenland
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
fan-shaped-tail
rounded-tail
Wing Shape
tapered-wings
Action
hopping
Markings
bold
wingbands
Sounds
high
Location
high perching
north in summer
Habitat
coasts
lakes rivers ponds
Forests
Color
sheen
black
green
white
rust
Body Shape
duck
Size
large
small
Order
loons and divers - gaviiformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species