The red-throated loon or red-throated diver (Gavia stellata) is a
migratory aquatic bird found in the northern hemisphere. It breeds
mainly in Arctic regions, and winters in northern coastal waters. It is
the smallest of the loons. In winter, it is a plain bird, greyish above
and white below; in the breeding season, it has a distinctive reddish
throat patch. Fish form the bulk of its diet, though amphibians,
invertebrates, and plant material are also sometimes eaten. A monogamous
species, the red-throated loon forms long-term pair bonds. Both members
of the pair help to build the nest, incubate typically two eggs and
feed the hatched young. The red-throated loon has a large global
population and a significant global range, though some populations are
declining due to oil spills, habitat degradation, pollution, and
entrapment in fishing nets. Natural predators, including various gull
species and foxes, will take eggs and young. This species is protected
by international treaties.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-throated_loon>
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