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Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)
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Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

General Description: Horned Grebes (Podiceps auritus) 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 and back are black, the neck and sides are rusty red, and there is a golden tuft of feathers above the red eye. In winter plumage, the throat, cheeks, and neck are clear white, and the rusty red and ear tuft are absent. The bottom of the bill appears straight, giving the bill a straight appearance, and the white rump appears held down in the water. Contrast these winter plumage characteristics with those of the similar Eared Grebe.

Taxonomy: Podicipediformes, Podicipedidae

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)
Golden ear tufts can really stand up

Favored Habitat: Ponds and marshes.

Where to Find: Horned Grebes are uncommon visitors to Las Vegas. Keep an eye out for them on larger ponds with emergent vegetation such as the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, the Duck Creek Ponds, Lake Mead (Boulder Beach), and lakes in the Pahranagat Valley.

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

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) Horned Grebe in winter plumage. Note that the cheeks and upper throat are bright white, which contrasts with Eared Grebes who have dirty white cheeks and throat. This bird is still molting and retains a hint of the rusty red on the throat.
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)
Horned Grebe in summer plumage
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)
Horned Grebe in winter plumage
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)
Horned Grebe in winter plumage
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)
Horned Grebe in winter plumage
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)
Horned Grebe in winter plumage
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)
Winter Horned Grebe at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)
Winter Horned Grebe at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)
Winter Horned Grebe at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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