Great Northern Diver (Gavia immer) - HBW 1, p. 172
French: Plongeon imbrin
Spanish: Colimbo Grande
Other common names: Common/Black-billed Loon
Taxonomy: Colymbus Immer Brünnich, 1764, Faeroes.
Hybridization with G. arctica reported. Monotypic.
Distribution: Mainly Nearctic, where breeds between 48° N and Arctic Circle, in places S to c. 40° N, and N to c. 78° N; in N Atlantic also breeds in Greenland, Iceland, Bear I and very occasionally Scotland. Winters mainly along coasts of N Atlantic and NE Pacific, also stopping off in Great Lakes.
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VideosSee all 35 videos
eating fish Locality Juneau, Alaska, USA (United States)
Vicky Cheng 10 June 2012 1 year ago 2 min 33 sec 4.9
A juvenile mandibulating a big fish and finally swallowing it Locality Essonne, Île-de-France, France (Monotypic species)
Julien Rochefort 25 December 2006 6 years ago 50 sec 4.7
Several shots of an adult in breeding plumage diving for food. Locality Nancy Lake State Recreation Area, Anchorage, Alaska, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 10 June 2012 1 year ago 23 sec 4.7
A close-up of a first winter bird. Locality Santoña Marsh Natural Reserve, Santoña, Cantabria, Spain (Monotypic species)
Alex García · Videoaves 7 January 2010 3 years ago 40 sec 4.6
A juvenile swallowing a fish and looking for more Locality Essonne, Île-de-France, France (Monotypic species)
Julien Rochefort 25 December 2006 6 years ago 29 sec 4.6
Swimming on Engineer Lake, KNWR Locality Engineer Lake, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Wayne Hall 15 May 2012 1 year ago 34 sec 4.5
PhotosSee all 39 photos
A Common Loon in winter plumage flapping its wings.
Locality Semiahmoo, Whatcom County, Washington State, USA (United States)
JimBachman 28 November 2013 4 hours ago ADDED TODAY! 5
Locality Mývatn-Laxá Nature Conservation Area, Norðurland eystra (Northeast) Region, Iceland
Marco Valentini 12 June 2012 1 year ago 4.5
Part of a pair
Locality Lake Myvatn, Mývatn-Laxá Nature Conservation Area, Norðurland eystra (Northeast) Region, Iceland
Marco Valentini 12 June 2012 1 year ago 4.4
Locality Quebec, Canada
Lemell Michel 10 weeks ago 4.4
A Loon surfaces on a northern Wisconsin lake.
Locality Wisconsin, USA (United States)
Mike Murray 1 August 2010 1 year ago 4.3
Locality Oortkatener See, Hamburg, Germany (Monotypic species)
Thorsten Stegmann 7 December 2008 4 years ago 4.2