Pied-billed Grebe - Podiceps podiceps

Length 12.0-15.0 in (30.5-38.1 cm)
Weight 1 lb (453.6 g)
Clutch Size 4-7
Chicks at birth Precocial
IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern
Continents:NA, SA

The Pied-billed Grebe is found in North and South America. They breed in the northern U.S. and southern Canada and winter in North American and South America. The stout whitish bill and big head makes the Pied-billed Grebe easy to spot and identify. In breeding season, the bill has a black ring around it. The juveniles are quite striking with their striped bodies. Pied-billed Grebes can be found throughout North American and I usually see them singularly or in small groups in the San Francisco Bay Area.

They feed on small fish, crustaceans, and aquatic insects.

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