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Pied-billed Grebe

Podilymbus podiceps


Pied-billed Grebes are small, chunky swimming birds. They have compact bodies and slender necks, with relatively large, blocky heads and short, These are brown birds, slightly darker above and more tawny-brown on the underparts. During spring and summer, the crown and nape are dark and the throat is black. While breeding, the bill is whitish with a black band (“pied’), but otherwise is yellow-brown. Juveniles have striped faces.


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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

These are wonderful little birds, and always so interesting to watch. Here in Australia, we have a local species of grebe that eat their own feathers and feed them to their young to prevent injury when swallowing fish bones. I don't know if this is a common practice amongst the various grebe species, but do you think your local species would do the same?

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St. Petersburg, Florida, United States

Spotted on Jan 12, 2016
Submitted on Jan 17, 2016

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