diver

diver

[dahy-ver]
diver, general term used to refer to many diving birds, e.g., the loon, the grebe, and some ducks, auks, and penguins.
or diver

Common loon, or great northern diver (Gavia immer)

Any of five species (genus Gavia) of diving birds of North America and Eurasia. Loons range in length from 2 to 3 ft (60 to 90 cm). They have small pointed wings, webs between the front three toes, legs placed far back on the body, making walking awkward, and thick plumage that is mainly black or gray above and white below. They feed mainly on fishes, crustaceans, and insects. Almost wholly aquatic, they can swim long distances underwater and can dive to a depth of 200 ft (60 m). They are generally found singly or in pairs, but some species winter or migrate in flocks. They are known for their eerie “laughing” cries.

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For the fictional character see Diver (Transformers).
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