Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Loon


Loons are black and white birds that spend most of their life on water.
The name loon comes from old words that meant awkward or clumsy, because they do not walk very well on land.

Loons catch their food by swimming along and then diving head first into the water to catch fish, frogs, crayfish, snails and other small things in the water.
They are very good divers and they can hold their breath for up to 90 seconds while looking for food.

Loons don't have teeth, so sometimes they will swallow small rocks that will stay in their stomach, so if they swallow something with a hard shell like a crayfish the rocks will help slowly break the crayfish's outer shells and they can digest them.
loon
(from: wikipedia - loon)

The loon is such a famous bird that in Canada it is on their one dollar coin.

canadian dollar loonie
(from: wikipedia - coins of the canadian dollar)

They nicknamed their coin the Loonie.

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