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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.

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.

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.


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

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.

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.