Living Bird Magazine
Red-throated LoonGavia stellata
- ORDER: Gaviiformes
- FAMILY: Gaviidae
The smallest of the loons, the Red-throated Loon breeds at high latitudes in North America and Eurasia. It is distinctive among loons not only in size, but also in behavior, vocalizations, locomotion, and other aspects of life history.More ID Info
- Colimbo Chico (Spanish)
- Plongeon catmarin (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Red-throated Loon, unlike other loons, does not need to patter on the water's surface on a long takeoff, but rather can take flight directly from land if necessary.
- The Red-throated Loon is the only loon that regularly forages far from its breeding territory, returning from distant lakes or the sea with fish for the young.
- Unlike other loons, the Red-throated Loon does not carry its young on its back.