Description of a Common Loon
Common loons can be as large as 71 to 91 centimetres in length, a large heavy bodied loon with a thick, pointed, usually black or dark grey bill held horizontally. In breeding plumage, head and neck black with white bands on neck, black with white spots. In winter, crown hind neck, and upper parts dark greyish, throat and under parts white.
Voice of the Common Loon:
A mournful yodeled oo-AH-oo with middle note higher and a loud ringing kee-a-ree. A wild and striking sound, unearthly sad and mournful.
Habitat of the Common Loon:
Marshes, river estuaries and shorelines of small lakes and inlets.
Nesting Habits of the Common Loon:
Common Loons usually lay 2 olive brown or greenish lightly spotted eggs in a bulky mass of vegetation near the water’s edge, preferably on a small island.
Feeding Habits of the Common Loon:
Expert divers, the eyes of this bird can focus both in the air and under water. With nearly solid bones that make them heavier than many other birds, this strong musculature provides the loons with the capacity to dive underwater for as far as 10 meters.