French: Plongeon arctique German: Prachttaucher Spanish: Colimbo ártico
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Subspecies and Distribution
G. a. arctica
(Linnaeus, 1758) – N Europe (N Scotland and Fennoscandia) E through N & NC Asia to R Lena and Transbaikalia; migrates to coasts of NW Europe, also to Mediterranean, Black and Caspian Seas.
G. a. viridigularis
Dwight, 1918 – E Russia from R Lena and Transbaikalia E to Chukotka, Kamchatka and N Sakhalin, also extreme NW Alaska; migrates to NW Pacific coasts (mainly Kuril Is S to Korea and Yellow Sea).
58–73 cm; 1300–3400 g; wingspan 110–130 cm. Nominate race in breeding plumage Incubating on nest in tundra has plain grey head and hindneck, blackish... read more
During breeding, male gives loud, rhythmic, whistling song, “oooéé-cu-clooo... read more
Breeds on fairly large, deep freshwater lakes, preferably with islets; more typically in taiga and... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly fish, including gobies (Gobiidae), sticklebacks (Gasterosteidae), herring (Clupea), sprat (Sprattus sprattus), cod... read more
Starts in April in S of range, dependent on spring thaw in N. Solitary. Nest a heap of plant matter placed near water’s edge. Clutch... read more
Migratory and dispersive. Generally moves S and towards sea post-breeding, shunning ice-covered... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). World population probably large, in order of several million individuals, but generally decreasing throughout S of range. According... read more
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