Merlin

Pacific Loon Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A heavy-bodied water bird with a long thick neck and a strong, pointed bill (slighter than a Common Loon’s bill). It has long, pointed wings and short legs set far back on the body.

    Relative Size

    Slightly larger and sturdier than a Red-throated Loon, notably smaller than a Common Loon.

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    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 22.8-29.1 in (58-74 cm)
      • Weight: 35.3-88.2 oz (1000-2500 g)
      • Wingspan: 43.3-50.4 in (110-128 cm)