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BIRDS OF THE WORLD BOREAL FOREST - Gaviformes - Loons - Gavia stellata - Red-throated Diver

As a species, loons and divers are usually extremely awkward on land. However, red-throated divers have been known to travel long distances on shore. When seriously disturbed, they may even move cross-country to a new pool with their chicks. It is the lightest and most agile species of the genus and it has the largest wing-beat amplitude, and only the red-throated diver can take off from the ground, or land directly on it.

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