White-billed Diver

Gavia adamsii (GR Gray, 1859) WV WHBDI 50
Family: Gaviiformes > Gaviidae

White-billed Diver, Yoav Perlman

An Arctic species, this is a scarce visitor to Britain & Ireland and possibly a regular migrant past the northern and western isles of Scotland; there are records in all months of the year (but fewer in summer).

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White-billed Diver identification is sometimes difficult.

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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


White-billed Diver is a rare visitor in winter and autumn, though with an increasingly regular pulse of records in spring in northern Scotland.

Weekly occurence of White-billed Diver from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about White-billed Diver, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Gaelic: Learga-bhlàr
Welsh: Trochydd Pigwyn
Catalan: calàbria de bec pàl·lid
Czech: potáplice žlutozobá
Danish: Hvidnæbbet Lom
Dutch: Geelsnavelduiker
Estonian: tundrakaur
Finnish: jääkuikka
French: Plongeon à bec blanc
German: Gelbschnabeltaucher
Hungarian: fehércsoru búvár
Icelandic: Svalbrúsi
Irish: Lóma Gobgheal
Italian: Strolaga beccogiallo
Latvian: dzeltenknabja gargale
Lithuanian: baltasnapis naras
Norwegian: Gulnebblom
Polish: nur bialodzioby
Portuguese: mobelha-de-bico-amarelo
Slovak: potáplica bielozobá
Slovenian: rumenokljuni slapnik
Spanish: Colimbo de Adams
Swedish: vitnäbbad islom

Links to more information from ConservationEvidence.com

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