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Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
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Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
Breeding

General Description: Eared Grebes (Podiceps nigricollis) are sexually monomorphic water birds with differing winter and summer plumage. Grebes are similar to ducks and often are found on ponds and marshes with ducks. In breeding plumage, the head, neck, and back are black, the sides are rusty red, and there is a golden tuft of feathers behind the red eye. In winter plumage, the throat and neck are dirty white, and the ear tuft is absent. The bottom of the bill angles up, giving the bill an upturned appearance, and the white rump appears held out of the water. Contrast these winter plumage characteristics with those of the uncommon Horned Grebe.

Taxonomy: Podicipediformes, Podicipedidae

Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
Winter
Favored Habitat: Ponds and marshes.

Where to Find: Neighborhood ponds, parks (e.g., Lorenzi Park and Sunset Park), the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, and Boulder Beach Marina at Lake Mead NRA. To find them in more natural habitat, visit the Pahranagat Valley.

Comments: Grebes eat fish, crustaceans, and other tasty water bugs.

Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) The bottom of the bill appears to be curved up.
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) In winter plumage, Eared Grebes have a light chin, light chest, and dark neck. In contrast, Horned Grebes have a white neck. We sometimes refer to Eared Grebes as "dirty-necked grebes."
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
Two adult Eared Grebes and a juvenile
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
Eared Grebe in summer plumage
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
Note the white rump
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
Eared Grebe on still water
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
Eared Grebe in summer plumage
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
Eared Grebe in summer plumage
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
"Dirty-necked" Eared Grebe in winter plumage
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
Eared Grebe in winter plumage
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Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
Scruffy looking Eared Grebe kid
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
Pair of grebes
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Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
Raft of Eared Grebes on the Salton Sea during winter
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
Raft of Eared Grebes on the Salton Sea during winter
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
Raft of Eared Grebes on the Salton Sea during winter
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
Raft of Eared Grebes on the Salton Sea during winter
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
Parent and juvenile
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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