Size: 12-15" (30-38 cm). A small, drab-brown grebe with a thick, short, chicken-like bill. Note the black bill ring and throat patch in the breeding season. Grebes have a similar appearance to ducks and have thick necks, lobed toes and a tailless look. In the winter, bill and throat patch are white. Sexes similar
A yelping yeow-yeow-yeow-yeow- keowm-keowm-keowm
Breeds from southeastern Alaska, east through southern Canada to Nova Scotia, and south locally through North and Middle America to South America. Winters in southern British Columbia, south through western and southern U.S. to South America.
Primarily feeds on fishes, crustacians, and insects, but will also consume amphibians, other invertebrates, and some plant material.
Builds platform nest in emergent vegetation in water about 1 m deep. Forages mainly by short dives in shallow water. Generally, density is 1 nesting pair on ponds of up to 4 ha, but many more are possible. One study found defended area with 46-m radius around nest, but nests may be closer than this. Residents form pairs or family groups, and are more gregarious in winter.
|Status:||Protected nongame species|
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