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State Bird

Common Loon (gavia immer)
Dating back 60 million years, the common loon is one of the earth's oldest living bird species. Its name comes from a Norwegian word that means wild, sad cry. Approximately 12,000 make their homes in Minnesota. Loons are large black-and-white birds with long black bills. Clumsy on land, they are excellent divers, underwater swimmers, and high-speed flyers.

Minnesota Statutes 2004 - 1.145 State Bird

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