Black-throated divers are the only member of the diver bird family to have a white patch on the flank. They breed on the lakes and lochs of Europe and Asia but winter at sea off sheltered coasts. Sitting low in the water with their legs a long way back on the body they are streamlined swimmers and skillful divers, at a cost of not being able to walk well on land. Artificial floating islands have helped these birds breed where water levels are changeable.
Scientific name: Gavia arctica
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Year assessed: 2009
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
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