Order Gaviiformes

Family Gaviidae

Loons/Divers
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General
  • Heavily-built waterbirds with narrow wings and body effectively streamlined for diving.
  • Circumpolar in Holarctic.
  • Stretches of open water, both inland and coastal.
  • 53-91 cm.
  • 1 genus, 5 species, 6 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C. & Bonan, A. (2017). Loons/Divers (Gaviidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52191 on 24 November 2017).