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Common Loon – Song

The Common loon is well known for its unusual and beautiful voice, with which it makes four main calls: an undulating yodel, a call given by males to establish or defend territory; a loud wail similar to the howl of a coyote, used for individual loon to loon communication across distances, or when an adult and chick become separated; a soft hoot, used to communicate in pairs or groups in close proximity; and a quavering tremolo, sometimes referred to as “loon laughter,” but which signifies distress or alarm.

ML Reeb writer: Laurence Wiland design: T. Yao