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Pied-billed Grebe
Podilymbus podiceps

Diving Birds
Grebe Family (Podicipedidae)

Size: Length: 30-40 cm

Description: This small grebe doesn't resemble any other Rocky Mountain grebe. It is small, lacking any of the red or rust colours of other grebes. It has a brown head and upper surface. The head has a light chicken-like bill that has a dark line across its midsection. There are also darker patches on the throat, and across the forehead and crown. The front of the neck is lighter than the back, and the sides are lighter than the upper surface and may show some mottling.

Similar Species: None

Range: It is an uncommon migrant and nester in the Canadian and American Rockies.

Habitat: Typical grebe habitats. Look for it is slough ponds, marshes, shallow lakes or bays or slow moving streams, but only if the requisite emergent vegetation is present.

Diet: They feed on aquatic invertebrates, larvae, tadpoles and small fish. They also eat a small amount of plant material.

Nesting: They build a typical grebe nest, taking aquatic vegetation and building a floating platform attached to reeds or other emergent vegetation. They like privacy and will often be the only nesting pair on a particular pond. There may be between 2 and 10 eggs, but 4 to 7 is the average. The eggs are almost white (with a blue or buff tint), becoming stained by pond vegetation to give a slightly mottled appearance. Incubation is 23 days and duties are shared between both male and female. They nestlings are precocial.

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