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 25 videos
An adult bird and a chick swimming Locality Parikkala, Southern Finland Province, Finland (ssp arctica)
Javier Ortas 21 July 2010 4 years ago 41 sec 4.7
alone in the lake Locality Juneau, Alaska, USA (United States) (ssp pacifica)
Vicky Cheng 10 June 2012 2 years ago 2 min 4 sec 4.5
An adult incubating Locality Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Eastern Russia, Russia (ssp arctica)
Laurent Demongin 6 July 2010 4 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 2 years ago 58 sec 4.3
A bird swimming Locality Varanger Peninsula, Finnmark County, Norway (ssp arctica)
Javier Ortas 19 June 2010 4 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 8 years ago 16 sec 4.1
PhotosSee all 28 photos
Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica) in a distraction display near its nest.
Locality Arctic Bay, Nunavut, Canada (ssp pacifica)
TheCaffeinatedBirder 14 July 2011 2 years ago 4.7
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 11 weeks ago 4.5
Adult in spring migration
Locality Western Finland Province, Finland (ssp arctica)
Olli Tenovuo 30 April 2009 45 weeks 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
A bird feeding
Locality Samsun Province, Turkey
Mustafa Sozen 16 October 2014 10 weeks ago 4.2
An individual calling in flight. Locality Ulric Ulroan's Camp, Chevak, Alaska, USA (United States)
Josep del Hoyo 22 June 2013 1 year ago 4
An adult alarming near the nest Locality Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Eastern Russia, Russia
Laurent Demongin 6 July 2010 4 years ago 4