Gavia adamsii, commonly known as the Red-throated Loon, is a medium-sized loon with a red throat patch, black head, and white underparts. It has a wingspan of up to 1.2 m and a body length of up to 75 cm. It is found in the Arctic and subarctic regions of North America, Europe, and Asia, and is migratory, spending the winter in coastal areas. Its lifespan is up to 20 years, and its current population is estimated to be between 1.2 and 1.5 million individuals.
Name Origin: Gavia adamsii, commonly known as the red-throated loon, was named after the British zoologist and ornithologist George Adams (1750-1826). Adams was the first to describe the species in 1811, and the species was named in his honor.
Related Species: Gavia stellata, Gavia arctica, Gavia pacifica