Black-throated Loon

Call & Sounds

Black-throated Loon (Gavia arctica)

Black-throated Loon (Gavia arctica)
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The Black-throated Loon (Gavia arctica) is a medium-sized loon found in northern Europe and the far north of parts of Asia. This species is also known as the the Arctic Loon or Black-throated Diver.

What does a loon sound like? The song of the male Black-throated Loon is an iconic sound of the boreal lakes and wetlands of far northern Europe. Song phrases consist of a series of powerful, resonant plaintive cries with syllables rising in pitch “co clooo-eee, co clooo-eee, co clooo-eee”.  This species also makes a range of other sounds inclduing a hoarse grunting “karr” call, mournful cries and harsh quacking notes. 

Listen to Black-throated Loon Calls

This sample in the video below was recorded on a lake in Dalarna county, Sweden and features the typical plaintive cries of a male Black-throated Loon. 

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