|Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves (Birds) Order: Ciconiiformes Family: Gaviidae|
Arctic Loon (Gavia arctica)
Arctic Loon (Gavia arctica), also called Black-throated Diver, is a vagrant in India.
Size: 60-74 cm Weight: 2.5 kg Food: Mainly fish Call: A loud yodel
Identification: Black above with white patches, white underparts, black throat, grey head and grey neck (darker near bill). Straight bill. White flanks and distinct white stripes on neck. Basic, juvenal, and second alternate plumages similar, with gray upperparts, crown, and nape and white underparts.
Breeding: Breeds in medium size lakes in the tundra region from May to September. Eggs are incubated for 29 days.
Status: Not threatened, although it is hunted for food in the tundra.