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
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 18 September 2018)
LC
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Measurements
Units: Imperial / Metric
13 inches
16 inches
16 ounces

Range

International Names

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