French: Plongeon catmarin German: Sterntaucher Spanish: Colimbo chico
Other common names:
Tame River, Warwickshire, England
Holarctic, breeding generally N of 50° N and far into high Arctic; winters mainly along N coasts of Atlantic and Pacific, also on Great Lakes, and Black, Caspian and Mediterranean Seas.
53–69 cm; 988–2460 g; wingspan 106–116 cm. Smallest, slightest diver, with comparatively uniform upperparts during breeding; bill slender, appears uptilted... read more
During breeding, male emits protracted mournful “aarooooah”, female a somewhat higher-... read more
Breeds mostly on fresh water, typically in fairly open moorland, e.g. blanket bog; may occupy... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly fish, including cod (Gadus morhua), herring (Clupea harengus), sprat (Sprattus sprattus), sculpins (... read more
Starts May in S of range, dependent on spring thaw in N. Solitary or loosely colonial. Nest a heap of plant matter placed near water’... read more
Migratory and dispersive. Generally moves S and towards sea after breeding, shunning ice-covered... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Still numerous, though perhaps decreasing in some parts of range. Probably c. 50,000–100,000 pairs in Nearctic and similar... read more
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