Western Grebe

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.

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