The wail is frequently heard during night chorusing. The hoot is a soft, short call that is typically used for short range communication between members of a loon family unit (paired adults and their chicks). Loons may also hoot to communicate with rival loons during low-level territorial interactions.
What do loons do at night?
They generally move one foot at a time to walk, shuffling along with their breast close to the ground. The loon returns to the water by sliding in along its breast and belly. At night, loons sleep over deeper water, away from land for protection from predators.
Why do loons cry out?
The wail is perhaps the call most frequently heard. A loon will make this haunting call when it becomes separated from the chick or if its mate fails to return. The tremolo signals distress and may urge loons to move to safety. This wavering call also announces its presence at a lake.
What do loon sounds mean?
Common Loons are famous for their eerie, beautiful calls. Among these are the tremolo, a wavering call given when a loon is alarmed or to announce its presence at a lake. The yodel is the male loons territorial claim. The wail is the haunting call that loons give back and forth to figure out each others location.
Are loons out at night?
Common loons are not social birds. You can usually find them by themselves during the day. At night, though, they sometimes stick together in groups called flocks while they sleep. Common loons spend a lot of time sticking their heads below water to look for fish, and then suddenly diving after their prey.
How long do loons live for?
Loons are a long-lived bird. The oldest known common loon lived 25 years but their lifespan may be up to 30+ years.