photo by Phil Swanson
L 32″ (81 cm).
Song or calls:
Loud, yodeling laugh.
Description: Sexes similar. Winter birds blackish above, white below, with straight, pale bill. Dark nape borders white throat in irregular line. Holds head level. Immatures similar to winter birds.
Habitat: Large open bodies of water such as rivers, lakes, reservoirs.
Where in Nebraska: Fairly common spring and fall migrant in the eastern portion of Nebraska. Locally uncommon summer visitor in the west. No breeding records in Nebraska.
Nebraska Seasons: Look for migrant Common Loons April- May and Oct-Nov.
Field Notes: Excellent swimmer and diver, but awkward on land. Although a strong flier, it can only take off from water.
Fun Facts: The Common Loon has sharp, rearward pointing projections on the roof of its mouth and tongue that helps to keep a firm hold on slippery fish.