"Unlike other North American waterfowl, loons have solid bones, making them less buoyant. Because of this they are extremely powerful swimmers. They are able to dive to depths of up to 200 feet, for durations of up to five minutes, in search of food. Loons are very adept fliers as well, reaching speeds of up to 80 miles per hour when they have strong tailwinds. However, because their legs are located towards the back part of their bodies, it is very difficult for them to walk or to take flight from land."
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