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About the Western Grebe

Also known as: Dabchick, Swan Grebe, Swan-necked Grebe

The Western Grebe is the largest grebe in North America. It is black-and-white, with a long, slender, swan-like neck and red eyes, hence its nickname Swan-necked Grebe. Western Grebes nest in colonies of hundreds on large inland lakes, sometimes using coastal marshes. It has a spectacular courtship display; two birds will rear up and patter across the water's surface. For feeding these birds dive for carp, herring, mollusks, crabs and salamanders.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 02 December 2007
Scientific Name Aechmophorus occidentalis
  • Podicipediformes
  • Podicipedidae
  • Aechmophorus
  • A. occidentalis
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 27 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
21.7 to 29.5 inches
31.1 to 33.9 inches
28.2 to 63.5 ounces
Range North America Central America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • 北美䴙䴘 (Chinese)
  • Potápka Západní (Czech)
  • Vestlig Lappedykker (Danish)
  • Zwanenhalsfuut (Dutch)
  • Pitkäkaulauikku (Finnish)
  • Grèbe Élégant (French)
  • Renntaucher (German)
  • Svasso Cigno (Italian)
  • クビナガカイツブリ (Amerikakaitsuburi) (Japanese)
  • Nordsvanedykker (Norwegian)
  • Perkoz Wielki (Polish)
  • Западная поганка (Russian)
  • Achichilique Común (Spanish)
  • Mörk Svandopping (Swedish)

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