Named for their clumsy, awkward appearance when walking on land, common loons are migratory birds which breed in forested lakes and large ponds in northern North America and parts of Greenland and Iceland.
Their unusual cries, which vary from wails to tremolos to yodels, are distinct to individuals and can be heard at great distances. Loon cries are most prevalent during breeding season as pairs aggressively defend their territories.
Average life span in the wild: 30 years
Size: 2 to 3 ft (66 to 91 cm)
Weight: 6.5 to 12 lbs (3 to 5 kg)
Group name: Flock
Did you know? Loons can dive more than 200 ft (61 m) below the surface of the water in search of food.
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