Gavia pacifica, commonly known as the Pacific Loon, is a medium-sized aquatic bird with a black head, white neck, and gray back. It has a long, pointed bill and a red eye. It is found in coastal waters and inland lakes in North America, Europe, and Asia. It has a lifespan of up to 20 years and a current population of around 1.5 million. It is distinguished by its unique call, which is a series of wails and yodels.
Name Origin: Gavia pacifica, commonly known as the Pacific Loon, is a species of loon found in the northern Pacific Ocean. The name Gavia is derived from the Latin word for "sea mew", a type of seabird. The species name pacifica is derived from the Latin word for "peaceful" or "calm", referring to the species' habitat in the northern Pacific Ocean.
Related Species: Gavia adamsii, Gavia stellata, Gavia arctica