Article in: Birding
January 17, 2008
Canada’s [unofficial] national bird, the Common Loon, is an enchanting bird, a symbol of the country’s rugged wilderness. Common Loons are stunning in their breeding plumage and a joy to watch if you can get close enough! Update: As our readers have pointed out, Canada doesn’t actually have a national bird but the Common Loon would be a good choice.
The ghostly sound of the Common Loon is frequently heard in movies, though sometimes a bit out of place. Their haunting sound is inspiration for music, Loon-calling contests and festivals, and both Minnesota and Ontario claim the Common Loon as theirs.
The Royal Canadian Mint introduced a beautiful new one-dollar coin in 1987 with the Common Loon on it, the “loonie”. Canada made a good choice with the Common Loon as their national bird.
Photo by CBCNews.ca
They are beautiful in winter plumage as well. Photo by Mike Baird
Read A Loon Story for a heartwarming rescue of this great species.