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Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
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Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Pied-billed Grebe in breeding plumage

General Description: Pied-billed Grebes (Podilymbus podiceps) are small, sexually monomorphic water birds with legs set well back on the body (so much so that they can't really walk on land). Grebes look similar to ducks and often are found on ponds and marshes with ducks. Pied-billed Grebes are brown overall with a puffy, white rump. The bill is white and unusually thick for a grebe. In breeding season, pied-bills get a black ring around the bill and a black patch under the chin. Young birds have stripes on the face.

Grebes are divers and feed underwater.

Taxonomy: Podicipediformes, Podicipedidae

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Pied-billed Grebe juvenile (notice striped face)

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.

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) If you were a tasty water bug or a bit of pondweed, this might be the last face you ever see!
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Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Pied-billed Grebe; adult and juvenile
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Pied-billed Grebe; adult and juvenile
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Pied-billed Grebe; adult and juvenile
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Pied-billed Grebe juvenile with striped face
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Note legs set well back on body
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Note the white rump
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Hauling nesting material from the bottom of the pond to the nest
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Pied-billed Grebe in breeding plumage
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Pied-billed Grebe in breeding plumage
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Pied-billed Grebe with crawdad
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Pied-billed Grebe with crawdad
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Pied-billed Grebe with crawdad
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Pied-billed Grebe in breeding plumage; Balmorhea, Texas
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Pied-billed Grebe in breeding plumage; Balmorhea, Texas
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Pied-billed Grebe in breeding plumage; Balmorhea, Texas
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Pied-billed Grebe at Sunset Park, Urban Las Vegas
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Pied-billed Grebe at Sunset Park, Urban Las Vegas
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Juvenile Pied-billed Grebe fishing
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Juvenile Pied-billed Grebe fishing
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Juvenile Pied-billed Grebe fishing
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Juvenile Pied-billed Grebe fishing

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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