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Common Loon

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Common Loon Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum
Aves
Order:
A group of animals within a class
Gaviiformes
Family:
A group of animals within an order
Gaviidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family
Gavia
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species
Gavia Immer
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to
Bird
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats
Omnivore
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
63cm - 81cm (24.8in - 31.8in)
Wing Span:
The measurement from one wing tip to the other
100cm - 136cm (39in - 53.5in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
3kg - 5kg (6.6lbs - 11lbs)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for
15 - 25 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Flock
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
White, Black, Grey, Brown
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Feathers
Favourite Food:Fish
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives
Freshwater lakes in cooler climates
Average Clutch Size:
The average number of eggs laif at once
2
Main Prey:Fish, Frogs, Insects
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Human, Eagles, Osprey
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal
Large body size and eerie, yodel-like call

Common Loon Location

Map of Common Loon Locations

Common Loon

The common loon (also known as the Great Northern Diver) is a species of bird that is most closely related to the duck, mainly due to the ability of the common loon to dive underwater in order to hunt for food.

The common loon is found in parts of Canada, Alaska, Greenland, Iceland and Scotland, but common loon have recently been found in other watery parts across Europe and North America.

The common loon, like all divers, is a specialist fish-eater, as the common loon catches its prey underwater. The common loon has been seen diving as deep as 200 feet (60 m) to get its lunch. The common loon that have a very freshwater diet mainly eat pike, perch, sunfish, trout, and bass. The common loon that have a more salt-water diet feed on rock fish, flounder, sea trout, and herring.

The common loon needs a long distance to gain momentum for take-off, and is ungainly on landing. Its clumsiness on land is due to the legs being positioned at the rear of the body of the common loon which is ideal for diving but is not well-suited for assistance the common loon with walking. When the birds land on water, they skim along on their bellies to slow down, rather than on their feet, as the feet of a common loon are set too far back.

The common loon can swim gracefully on the surface of the water, and the common loon dives as well as any flying bird. The common loon is also able to fly well for hundreds of kilometers when these birds migrate.

The common loon has almost completely disappeared from the waters of eastern North America, mainly due to pollution in the water and excess pollutants causing acid rain to occur.

Common Loon Translations

български език
Черноклюн гмуркач
Català
Calàbria grossa
Cesky
Potáplice lední
Dansk
Islom
Deutsch
Eistaucher
English
Great Northern Diver
Esperanto
Granda kolimbo
Español
Gavia immer
Suomi
Amerikanjääkuikka
Français
Plongeon huard
Magyar
Jeges búvár
Italiano
Gavia immer
日本語
ハシグロアビ
Nederlands
IJsduiker
Norsk
Islom
Polski
Nur lodowiec
Português
Mobelha-grande
Svenska
Svartnäbbad islom
Türkçe
Buz dalgıcı
Tiếng Việt
Chim lặn mỏ đen
中文
普通潜鸟

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First Published: 16th February 2009, Last Updated: 8th December 2016 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. Christopher Perrins, Oxford University Press (2009) The Encyclopedia Of Birds [Accessed at: 16 Feb 2009]
2. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 16 Feb 2009]
3. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
4. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 16 Feb 2009]
5. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 16 Feb 2009]
6. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 16 Feb 2009]

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