Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata

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Breeding adult

Small loon with a long and slender bill often held slightly raised. Breeding adults have a red throat patch and a plain gray head.

Nonbreeding adult

Small loon with a thin bill typically held above horizontal. Nonbreeding birds have more white on the neck and face than other loons.

Immature

Small loon with a thin bill typically held raised. Often sits lower in the water than other loons. Immature birds are pale gray with varying amounts of white on the face and neck.

Immature

In flight appears hunchbacked.

Nonbreeding adult

Holds bill up and often sits lower in the water than other loons. Nonbreeding birds have extensive white on the neck and face.

Nonbreeding adult

Often sits lower in the water than other loons and holds bill upward.

Breeding adult

Breeds in wetlands and bogs on arctic tundra.

Recommended Citation

Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata), 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/retloo