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Pied-billed Grebe

Podilymbus podiceps


Pied-billed Grebe spotted vigorously bathing and shaking water from its feathers. This behavior went on for quite a while - and was very entertaining and quite funny at times. I took too many shots for a single post...


Wetlands: Anhinga Trail, Everglades National Park, Florida. 25.38, -80.61


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. The Pied-billed Grebe is primarily found in ponds throughout the Americas. Other names of this grebe include American dabchick, dabchick, Carolina grebe, devil-diver, dive-dapper, dipper, hell-diver, pied-billed dabchick, thick-billed grebe, and water witch. Pied-billed Grebes are small, stocky, and short-necked. They are 31–38 centimeters (12–15 in) in length, with a wingspan of 45–62 cm (18–24 in) and weigh 253–568 grams (8.9–20.0 oz). They are mainly brown, with a darker crown and back. Their brown color serves as camouflage in the marshes they live in. They do not have white under their wings when flying, like other grebes. Their undertail is white and they have a short, blunt chicken-like bill that is a light grey color, which in summer is encircled by a broad black band (hence the name). In the summer, its throat is black. There is no sexual dimorphism. Juveniles have black and white stripes and look more like winter adults. This grebe does not have webbed feet. Its toes have lobes that come out of the side of each toe. These lobes allow for easy paddling. When flying, the feet appear behind the body due to the feet's placement in the far back of the body. (Credit Wikipedia)

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JackEng 10 years ago

Thank you...
Yes I agree with you. These guys are so cute to observe and to see their antics.

The MnMs
The MnMs 10 years ago

Really cute!

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Homestead, Florida, USA

Spotted on Feb 16, 2013
Submitted on Sep 24, 2013

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