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Pied-billed grebe swimming

Did you know that most pied-billed grebes are poor fliers?

Pied-Billed Grebes
a Glance

Pied-billed grebe swimming

Key Features:

Pied-billed grebes are brown birds with darker backs

Least Concern - Population Stable


Estuaries, lakes, marshes, and slow rivers

nesting habits:

Pied-billed grebes build nests out of bulrush and lily stems, cattails, Eurasian water-milfoil, sago pondweed, sticks, and stonewort on floating vegetation.

seasons pied-billed grebes are active in our area:

All year


Crabs, crawfish, frogs, insects, leeches, mussels, snails, small fish, and tadpoles

hunting Behavior:

Pied-billed grebes dive for food.

Commonly Confused With:

American Coots

American coot swimming

Pied-billed grebes are often confused with American coots because both are plump water birds with white beaks that have a black stripe on them.

Pied-billed grebe swimming

Pied-billed grebes are brown.  American coots are dark gray.

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