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 41 videos
eating fish Locality Juneau, Alaska, USA (United States)
Vicky Cheng 10 June 2012 3 years 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 8 years ago 50 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 5 years ago 40 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 3 years ago 23 sec 4.7
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 3 years ago 34 sec 4.5
A juvenile mandibulating Locality Essonne, Île-de-France, France (Monotypic species)
Julien Rochefort 25 December 2006 8 years ago 50 sec 4.5
PhotosSee all 72 photos
Locality British Columbia, Canada (Monotypic species)
Glenn Bartley 15 April 2011 1 year ago 5
Adult stretching wings
Locality Mývatn-Laxá Nature Conservation Area, Norðurland eystra (Northeast) Region, Iceland
Marco Valentini 12 June 2012 3 years ago 4.6
A breeding adult
Locality Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary, Arcata, Humboldt County, California, USA (United States)
AndrewSmith 8 April 2015 41 weeks ago 4.5
A common loon with a crab it caught.
Locality Semiahmoo, Whatcom County, Washington State, USA (United States)
JimBachman 1 February 2014 1 year ago 4.5
Swimming bird in non-breeding plumage
Locality Quivira Bay, Mission Beach, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Peter Vercruijsse 12 February 2004 2 years ago 4.5
A Loon surfaces on a northern Wisconsin lake.
Locality Wisconsin, USA (United States)
Mike Murray 1 August 2010 3 years ago 4.5