Red-Throated Diver

Gavia stellata

Red-Throated Diver

Red-Throated Diver

    About the Red-Throated Diver

    The red-throated diver is the smallest of the divers here in the UK. They have the ability to stay underwater for up to a minute and a half, and will often jump up before diving.

    They have slightly up-tilted bills and a grey and brown colouring - this makes it easier to distinguish from other species. When summer arrives, these birds have bright red necks that make them even more identifiable.

    Red-Throated Divers are quite clumsy on land, so will only come onto land for breeding.

    What does a Red-Throated Diver eat?

    Their diets consist of fish.

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    Quick Facts


    Scientific name:

    Gavia stellata



    Conservation status:




    53cm to 69cm


    106cm to 116cm


    1.2kg to 1.6kg

    Other birds in the Divers family

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