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Common Loon - Gavia immer

Common Loons are monogamous, territorial birds and can be spotted on lakes in Canada but is rarely seen around Montreal. The bird catches its prey diving.

Common Names

  • Common Loon (en)
  • Colimbo grande (es)
  • Plongeon huard (fr)
  • Eistaucher (de)


  • Gaviiformes
  • Gaviidae
  • Gavia immer

Where & When to Spot

Rarely seen around Montreal and if so, usually it is a juvenile or non-breeding adult. To spot a Common loon you have to explore lakes more North. I saw and photographed my first Common loon in Victoriaville.

How to Identify

Their diving behavior is characteristic for this species and similar only to Hooded Merganser and Cormorants. Body shape is more streamlined than Hooded Merganser and form of beak is very different to Cormorants.


Common Loon (Gavia immer)

Common Loon (Gavia immer)

Victoriaville - 2018-11-04

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 110;

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