The Red-throated Diver, known in North America as Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) is the smallest member of the loon or diver family, typically 55-67 cm (24" to 27") in length with a 91-110 cm wingspan. The most widely distributed diver, it breeds in northern Eurasia and Arctic Canada. It winters over a much wider range on coasts and on large lakes. Breeding adults have a grey head, red throat, white underparts and dark mantle. Non-breeding plumage is drabber with the chin, foreneck and much of the face white. Its thin upturned bill is grey or whitish; the upward turn is unique among diver species. This species, like all divers, is a specialist fish-eater, diving over 25 feet to catch its prey. It is the only species of diver that can take off directly from land. It flies with neck outstretched.








 
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The call is an a yodelling high-pitched wailing. Other regional names include Cape drake, cape race, cobble, little loon, pegging-owl loon, pepper-shinned loon, rain-goose, scape-grace, sprat loon.

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