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Pied-billed Grebe

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  • Haematopus longirostris
  • Plovers & Shorebirds

About the Pied-billed Grebe

The Pied-billed Grebe is a species of grebe that lives and breeds in the Americas. Pied-billed Grebes are small and stocky. Males and females have similar plumage. They develop a broad black band around their bills during breeding season, giving them their descriptive common name.

Pied-billed Grebes breed throughout much of North America. Populations that breed in areas that freeze over in the winter will migrate south, while other populations of Pied-billed Grebes remain in their breeding grounds year-round.

Pied-billed Grebes feed on small aquatic animals, including invertebrates, fish, and amphibians. They dive under the water in search for prey items.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 03 December 2010
Scientific Name Podilymbus podiceps
  • Podicipediformes
  • Podicipedidae
  • Podilymbus
  • P. podiceps
Birdorable Family Loons & Grebes
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
13 inches
16 inches
16 ounces
Range North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • Mergulhão-caçador (Brazilian)
  • potápka americká (Czech)
  • Tyknæbbet Lappedykker (Danish)
  • Dikbekfuut (Dutch)
  • paksunokkauikku (Finnish)
  • Grèbe à bec bigarré (French)
  • Bindentaucher (German)
  • Podilimbo (Italian)
  • オビハシカイツブリ (obihashikaitsuburi) (Japanese)
  • Ringnebbdykker (Norwegian)
  • perkoz grubodzioby (Polish)
  • Пестроклювая Поганка (Russian)
  • Zampullín Picogrueso (Spanish)
  • Tjocknäbbad dopping (Swedish)

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10 Facts About the Pied-billed Grebe

1. Although flighted, to escape danger, Pied-billed Grebes prefer to dive under water. 2. Migratory Pied-billed Grebes fly at night. They are strong fliers, but are thought to only take off from water, ... more