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9 Reasons The Loon Is The Best Bird

The loon (Minnesota's state bird) is the best of all birds. Here's why.

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1. Loons have bright red eyes, which is cool as well as terrifying.

sciencebuzz.org

The brilliant color helps attract mates and ward off other loons across greater distances on lakes — their eyes become a duller reddish-brown when not mating or defending their territory.

2. Loons live almost exclusively on the water, and take off from the water when flying.

startribune.com

Loons can also hold their breath for up to 90 seconds. They avoid going to land, except for mating and nesting purposes.

3. Loons carry their babies on their backs like this, and it is ADORABLE.

Baby loons can swim and dive right away, but they often ride on a parent's back during their first two weeks while they get stronger and avoid predators.

6. Loons are one of few types of birds to moult into a second coat of down feathers after shedding the first when young.

7. The name "loon" comes from old English or Scandinavian terms meaning "awkward" and "clumsy."

northland.edu

This probably refers to the loon's difficulty walking on land, but being a little awkward is cool these days and I think the loon just knows what it likes, which is water.

8. Loons like to meet up with their friends and hang out all day.

outthere.bangordailynews.com

Though they may nest in different areas, many loons will "meet up" on a single lake each morning and spend the day socializing with each other. So fun!

9. The loon call is highly identifiable, soothing, and lovely.

View this video on YouTube

Here is a whole hour of it for you to listen to/think about your life during.

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