Pied-billed Grebe

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 03 December 2010
Scientific Name
Podilymbus podiceps
  • Podicipediformes
  • Podicipedidae
  • Podilymbus
  • P. podiceps
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
13 inches
16 inches
16 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Mergulhão-caçador
Czech (Cesky) potápka americká
Danish (Dansk) Tyknæbbet Lappedykker
Dutch (Nederlands) Dikbekfuut
Finnish (Suomi) paksunokkauikku
French (Français) Grèbe à bec bigarré
German (Deutsch) Bindentaucher
Italian (Italiano) Podilimbo
Japanese (日本語) オビハシカイツブリ (obihashikaitsuburi)
Norwegian (Norsk) Ringnebbdykker
Polish (Polski) perkoz grubodzioby
Russian (русский язык) Пестроклювая Поганка
Spanish (Español) Zampullín Picogrueso
Swedish (Svenska) Tjocknäbbad dopping
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