Pacific Loon
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General description.

The beautiful Pacific Loon is similar, in size, to the Red Throat. His markings are extravegant like the Common Loon. The big difference is his bill, which is slender and straight, never curving upward. Gazing at this magnificant creature, we note the obvious "checkerboard back", "vertical stripes" on the side of his neck and upper breast and gray head and nape. The underparts are white. Outside of breeding season, his back and neck are brownish.

Juvenile appearance.

The young can hardly be distinguishable from the adult in winter plumage.

Breeding habits.

The Pacific Loon breeds on freshwater lakes and ponds on the Alaskan Tundra and the northern forests of Canada.

Calls or song.

Like the Common Loon, the Pacific pair has a unique call, a prolonged, mournful "ah-hah-wee". In defending its territory a harsh "kwuk-kwuk-kwuk-kwuk-kwuk" is emitted by the male.

Population and distribution.

The Pacific Loon, as its name implies, winters mainly on the Pacific Coast, and usually feeds closer to shore than other loons. It also inhabits saltwater bays and inlets.

Nesting habits.

This loon makes a depression in the ground and lines it with aquatic vegetation at the edge of the water. She lays 2 spotted olive-brown eggs.
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