Pacific Loon Gavia pacifica

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Breeding adult

Long-bodied waterbird with thin bill and round head. Breeding birds have pale gray head and nape with vertical black-and-white stripes on the neck and thick white stripes on the back.

Nonbreeding adult/First-winter

Nonbreeding birds often show less white on their back that other loons. Most nonbreeding birds have a dusky chinstrap, but this can be difficult to see.

Breeding adult

In flight, often holds head level with the body. Head and neck are gray.

Nonbreeding adult/First-winter

Has a shorter neck than other loons. Nonbreeding/immature birds often have a dusky chinstrap.

Nonbreeding adult

Daggerlike bill typically held horizontally. Some birds in summer don't molt into breeding plumage; these have whiter necks with dusky vertical stripes.

Nonbreeding adult/First-winter

Nonbreeding birds often show less white on the back that other loons. Most nonbreeding birds have a dusky chinstrap, but this can be difficult to see.

Breeding adult

Breeds in freshwater ponds and wetlands in the Arctic.

Nonbreeding adult/First-winter

During migration, often found in large flocks.

Recommended Citation

Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/pacloo