Pacific Loon

(formerly known as the Arctic Loon)

Colour - head grey, shoulders with square white spots, sides with two white patches

Length - 50 to 75 cm

Shape - bill thin and straight, sometimes curving down; body thin and streamlined for diving, legs placed far back on the body, making it awkward for the bird to walk

Behaviour - dives for food (mainly small fish), sometimes for periods of several minutes; the birds are often single or in pairs, though groups of several hundred birds may congregate in open water in the spring

Distribution - common in Beaufort Sea; found at sea during migration in spring and fall, but mainly found inland in summer; breeds inland on tundra lakes, but flies to the ocean to feed close to shore; migrates to Pacific coast in fall, returning north in spring

Sensitivity - see Sensitivity Information on the Birds - General Information page

 [Pacific Loon thumbnail] Pacific Loon (74 KB)Lancaster Sound Area
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Coronation Gulf Area
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