Descriptioin - Pacific Loon
Up to 61 centimetres in length this small loon has a straight slender bill. In breeding plumage, head is pale grey, neck and back black with white stripes: throat black with purple reflections. In winter plumage blackish above, while below often shows thin chin strap. The red-throated loon in winter is paler, with less contrast between dark crown and hind neck and white throat, and a seemingly upturned bill.
Voice of the Pacific Loon:
A harsh kok-kok-kok-kok-kok, wailing notes on breeding grounds.
Habitat of the Pacific Loon:
Breeds on lakes, and ponds in tundra and forests, winters on coastal bays, estuaries and inlets and on the ocean.
Nesting Habits of the Pacific Loon:
Lays 2 spotted olive-brown eggs, usually in a slight depression lined with aquatic vegetation at the shore of a body of water.
Feeding Habits of the Pacific Loon:
The pacific loon feed mainly on small fish, they may fly many miles between their nesting ponds and suitable feeding areas.