Pied-billed grebe

The Pied-billed Grebe is small, stocky, and short-necked. It is 31–38 cm in length, it has a wingspan of 45–62 cm and weighs 253-568 g . It is usually brown or gray in color. It has a short, blunt chicken-like bill, which in summer is encircled by a broad black band . It is the only grebe that does not show a white wing patch in flight. The sexes look alike .

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The Pied-billed grebe is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

number of pied-billed grebes, as those that spend their summer up in Canada are returning to the area on their migration back south. Pied-billed grebes spend the winter in the southern half of North America as well as Central America and parts of South America. It is very uncommon to see a pied grebe in flight. During migration they fly at night time. To escape danger the pied grebe prefers to dive under the water, as demonstrated in this series of photos, instead of taking flight. More

Pied-billed grebes spend most of their lives on or under the water. They find food by diving under the water to catch fish, aquatic insects and crustaceans. When a predator is around the pied-billed grebe will usually choose to dive under the water rather then fly away to escape the predator. Although pied-billed grebes look a lot like ducks they do not have webbed feet like ducks do. More

The Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) is a species of the grebe family of water birds. Since the Atitlán Grebe, Podilymbus gigas, has become extinct, it is the sole extant member of the genus Podilymbus. More

The Pied-billed Grebe has an enormous range, reaching up to 21,000,000 square kilometers. This bird can be found throughout North America, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America and in vagrant populations in the UK and Europe. It prefers a freshwater environment in wetland bogs, swamps, and lakes. The global population of this bird is estimated to be around 110,000 to 300,000 individual birds. More

A small diving bird with a chicken-lke bill, the Pied-billed Grebe is common on lakes and ponds across North America. It is rarely seen flying and prefers to sink out of sight when danger threatens. More

Dictionary: pied-billed grebe (pīd'bĭld') pronunciation Home > Library > Literature & Language > Dictionary n. A small, brown, North American diving bird (Podilymbus podiceps) having a short, heavy, whitish bill, found in freshwater ponds and marshes. Home of Wiki & Reference Answers, the world’s leading Q&A siteReference AnswersEnglish▼English▼ Deutsch Español Français Italiano Tagalog * * Search unanswered questions... More

Pied-billed GrebesIt feeds on fish (carp, catfish, eels), insects (dragonflies, ants, beetles), and amphibians (frogs, tadpoles). Description: The Pied-billed Grebe is small at 31-38 cm (12"-15") in length, stocky, and short-necked. It is usually brown or gray in color. It has a short, blunt chicken-like bill, which in summer is encircled by a broad black band (hence the name). It is the only grebe that does not show a white wing patch in flight. More

Pied-billed Grebe chicks have an area of bare skin between the eyes and the bill that becomes bright crimson when the chicks are hungry. Since incubation begins before the last egg in a clutch hatches, there is considerable disparity in size among the hatchlings. The larger older chicks can dominate the smaller chicks. The color change of the loral skin may help the smaller chicks get food by signaling their condition to their parents. More

short bill, the Pied-billed Grebe is grayish-brown with lighter underparts. Juveniles and adults have similar plumages, but during the breeding season adults have black at the throat and a whitish bill with a black band. More

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Pied-billed Grebe Habitat Model go to: USFWS Gulf of Maine Watershed Habitat Analysis go to: Species Table Feedback: We welcome your suggestions on improving this model! Draft Date: May 2001 Species: Pied-billed grebe, Podilymbus podiceps podiceps Use of Study Area Resources: Pied-billed grebes breed throughout the study area. They also make minor wintering use of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, but we did not attempt to map this. More

Like most marsh-nesting species, the Pied-billed Grebe has declined drastically during this century. It is now a rare and local breeder, with Atlas confirmations only at coastal locations. Historically, Pied-billed Grebes were not known to nest along the coastal plain or on the Islands, but the construction of freshwater impoundments at Parker River and Monomoy national wildlife refuges may have contributed to this change. There were no proven nesting records from the Sudbury River valley, which was formerly a stronghold for the species. More

Pied-billed Grebe ID TipsIdentification tips for the Pied-billed Grebe Range Maps: (Click map to enlarge.) Pied-billed Grebe Breeding Map Pied-billed Grebe Winter Map USGS Breeding Map Winter Map (CBC) Additional photos and information: Connecticut Dept. More

Pied-billed GrebeThe pied-billed grebe has brownish feathers and a short whitish bill. Its bill has a dark ring around it during breeding season. Range The pied-billed grebe's range covers most of eastern Canada and all of the United States. It the northern parts of its range, the pied-billed grebe will migrate to areas with open water. It will live year-round In the southern part of its range as long as the water doesn't freeze over. More

distribution of the Pied-Billed GrebeDistribution and Habitat This species is common on lakes and ponds across North and South America. It breeds across much of Canada, southward across the United States into Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. Reproduction The nest is an open bowl set in a platform of floating vegetation. A typical clutch contains 3 to 10 bluish-white eggs. More

The pied-billed grebe is a small, brown diving bird. They have short tails and wings, and legs that are set well back on their bodies. They are rather nondescript except for a black band that encircles their bill and a black throat patch that appears in the summer. More

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Order : Podicipediformes
Family : Podicipedidae
Genus : Podilymbus
Species : podiceps
Authority : (Linnaeus, 1758)