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Eared Grebe

Podiceps nigricollis

Eared Grebe
copyright Robert Shantz
Length: 13 in. (32 cm)
This small grebe winters in small to large flocks on inland lakes and coastal bays. In the summer both sexes are rusty and black with bright yellow ear tufts. In the winter they become more sedately black and white. This grebe constructs its floating nest of aquatic vegetation in shallow marshes. It feeds by diving underwater and catching insects, fish, crustaceans, and frogs. The four-digit banding code is EAGR.

Open water
Open water

Marsh / swamp
Marsh / swamp

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