Mangoverde :: World Bird Guide :: Loons :: Arctic Loon

Arctic Loon Gavia arctica

Described by: Linnaeus (1758)
Alternate common name(s): Black-throated Loon, Black-throated Diver, Green-throated Loon
Old scientific name(s): None known by website authors


Japan - Nov, 1998 © Allen Chartier  Location unknown - Date unknown Courtesy of Curtis Carley/USFWS  Brownsmead, Clatsop County, Washington, USA - Dec 30, 2007 © Dennis Paulson 
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N. Palearctic; Ex. nw. Nearctic; Breeds s. of 73 N.
(1) Nw. Scotland (Hebrides Is.), Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia (ne. White Russia, s. Novaya Zemlya, Kolguyev and Vaygach to Kazakhstan and Lake Balkhash) to e. Siberia (Lena River) s. to the Altai and Lake Baikal.
Winters along the North Sea coast from Norway to Scotland, England, n. France, ex. nw. Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, n. Germany, Denmark, s. Sweden in the w. Baltic Sea. Locally along the Mediterranean Sea coast of Spain (Erbo Delta) and Mallorca in the Balearic Is., inland locally in Switzerland (Bodensee), n. Italy, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria (Danube River), n. and e. Adriatic Sea coast, Albania, nw. and nw. Greece, n. Turkey, n. Aegean Sea, Sea of Marmara, Romania, s. Russia from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea and the Aral Sea.
(2) E. Siberia from the Lena River to the Indigirka River and the Chukotski Peninsula in the arctic and s. to Transbaicalia, Amurland, Kamchatka and n. Sakhalin Is., China (w. Mongolia, n. Manchuria) and ex. w. Alaska (Seward Peninsula, Cape Prince of Wales).
Winters from the Pacific coast of the e. Kamchatka Peninsula, Kuril Is., s. Sakhalin Is., Korea, Japan, c. China (Fukien) to n. Taiwan and s. Alaska.
North America n. of Mexican border
(2) Summer: ex. w. ALK on the tip of the Seward Peninsula, Cape Prince of Wales;
Winters in Asiatic waters and perhaps s. ALK.


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Location unknown - Date unknown Source: ETI BioInformatics


Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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