Black-throated Diver (Gavia arctica) - HBW 1, p. 172
French: Plongeon arctique
Spanish: Colimbo Artico
Other common names: Arctic/Black-throated Loon; Pacific Diver/Loon (pacifica)
Taxonomy: Colymbus arcticus Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.
Nearctic race pacifica often considered separate species (see page 162). Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- pacifica (Lawrence, 1858) - extreme N & NW Nearctic; winters Pacific coast of N America.
- arctica (Linnaeus, 1758) - W Palearctic E to R Lena; winters along coasts of NW Europe, also in Black, Caspian and Mediterranean Seas.
- viridigularis Dwight, 1918 - E Palearctic E of R Lena; winters NW Pacific.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 35 videos
An adult bird and a chick swimming Locality Parikkala, Southern Finland Province, Finland (ssp arctica)
Javier Ortas 21 July 2010 5 years ago 41 sec 4.7
alone in the lake Locality Juneau, Alaska, USA (United States) (ssp pacifica)
Vicky Cheng 10 June 2012 3 years ago 2 min 4 sec 4.5
An adult incubating Locality Erkuta, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Eastern Russia, Russia (ssp arctica)
Laurent Demongin 6 July 2010 5 years ago 26 sec 4.4
Pair swimming on pond. Locality Far North Bicentennial Park, Anchorage, Alaska, USA (United States) (ssp pacifica)
Wayne Hall 23 May 2012 3 years ago 58 sec 4.3
A bird swimming Locality Varanger Peninsula, Finnmark County, Norway (ssp arctica)
Javier Ortas 19 June 2010 5 years ago 31 sec 4.2
A group flying during the spring migration Locality California, USA (United States) (ssp pacifica)
Don DesJardin 31 March 2001 9 years ago 16 sec 4.1
PhotosSee all 32 photos
An egg in the nest
Locality Utula, Southern Finland Province, Finland
Tomas Grim 25 July 2013 31 weeks ago 5
Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica) in a distraction display near its nest.
Locality Arctic Bay, Nunavut, Canada (ssp pacifica)
TheCaffeinatedBirder 14 July 2011 3 years ago 4.8
This adult in winter plumage stayed quite a while in the inner harbour of Stellendam.
Locality Inner Harbor, Stellendam, South Holland Province, Netherlands (ssp arctica)
Gerard Visser 10 January 2014 1 year ago 4.6
wintering bird on the lake
Locality Blato, City of Zagreb, Croatia (ssp arctica)
spiljar 1 December 2013 49 weeks ago 4.5
Adult in spring migration
Locality Western Finland Province, Finland (ssp arctica)
Olli Tenovuo 30 April 2009 1 year ago 4.5
Side view of swimming bird in breeding plumage.
Locality Alaska, USA (United States) (ssp pacifica)
Pete Morris 3 June 2004 1 year ago 4.4
An individual calling in flight. Locality Ulric Ulroan's Camp, Chevak, Alaska, USA (United States)
Josep del Hoyo 22 June 2013 2 years ago 4
An adult alarming near the nest Locality Erkuta, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Eastern Russia, Russia
Laurent Demongin 6 July 2010 5 years ago 4