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Great Northern Diver

Gavia immer

Great Northern Diver

Great Northern Diver

Quick Facts


Scientific name:

Gavia immer

Other names:

Common Loon



Conservation status:




70cm to 90cm


127cm to 147cm


3.6kg to 4.5kg

About the Great Northern Diver

The great northern diver is the largest of all the UK's divers. Compared to its more common relatives, they have bigger heads and bills.

They are black and white all over, with a dark head with tones of green.

What does a Great Northern Diver eat?

Their diets mainly consist of crustaceans and fish.

For more information on the diet of a loon, check out this guide.

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