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Pied-billed Grebe

Podilymbus podiceps
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Length: 12 in. (31 cm )
The Pied-billed Grebe is almost always found alone or as a solitary pair on freshwater ponds, quiet streams and marshes. However, in the winter they occasionally occur in small loose flocks in saltwater estuaries and bays. As is typical of all grebes, this species dives for its food, which is primarily fish, crustaceans and aquatic insects. They often will have two broods in a year, and the nest is a semi-floating affair attached to vegetation. After hatching, the young are very active and often can be found riding on their parents\ backs.'

The four-digit banding code is PBGR.

Female | Scott Streit


Marsh / swamp

Open water
Bird Sound Type: Hooting
Sex of Bird: Male
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  • Article: Pied-billed Grebe
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: September 19, 2018
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/pied-billed-grebe

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