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Minnesota State Bird:

Common loon swimming - click to see all state birds
Common loon - photo © Kristin Maling on Flickr -noncommercial use
permitted with attribution / no derivative works. See All State Birds - National Bird.

Common Loon

See common loon video below

The common loon (Gavia immer) was adopted as the official state bird symbol of Minnesota in 1961. Loons are known for their cries, wails, and yodels - their eerie, echoing calls are a distinctive feature of Minnesota’s northern lakes.

Loons are large black and white birds with red eyes. They have wingspans up to five feet and body lengths up to three feet. Although clumsy on land, they are high-speed flyers and excellent underwater swimmers (they will dive to depths of 90 feet in pursuit of fish). Approximately 12,000 of these unique birds make their summer homes in Minnesota.

Minnesota license plate - click to see all state birds
Minnesota "Critical Habitat" license plate featuring the state bird
photo by Norm Russo (used by permission)
Common loon and chick - click to see all state birds
Common Loon with baby on board (MasterClips photo)

Source:
State Bird: Minnesota Secretary of State
Links:
All State Birds - National Bird


    

 

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