British wildlife recordings
Gavia stellata : Red-throated Diver - Gaviidae
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Kyle of Tongue, Scottish Highlands: OS Grid Reference(258500,958500)
Williams, Aubrey John
Red-throated Diver, Gavia stellata
The call of the red-throated diver recorded at the Kyle of Tongue, Scotland. The red-throated diver is primarily a coastal bird which only comes inland to breed. During this period it can be found on freshwater lochs across western Scotland as well as offshore islands and areas of northern Ireland. This species of diver usually possesses a rather dull grey-brown plumage, but does develop a red patch across the throat during the summer months. As the name suggests, diving is a key aspect of the red-throated diver’s hunting technique. They often make a leap before plunging into the water where they can stay submerged for over a minute. A normally silent bird, it can become quite noisy during the breeding season when it produces a wailing ‘ya-roo ya-roo ya-roo’ call.