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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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 02 December 2007
Scientific Name
Aechmophorus occidentalis
  • Podicipediformes
  • Podicipedidae
  • Aechmophorus
  • A. occidentalis
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 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
21.7 to 29.5 inches
31.1 to 33.9 inches
28.2 to 63.5 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 北美䴙䴘
Czech (Cesky) Potápka Západní
Danish (Dansk) Vestlig Lappedykker
Dutch (Nederlands) Zwanenhalsfuut
Finnish (Suomi) Pitkäkaulauikku
French (Français) Grèbe Élégant
German (Deutsch) Renntaucher
Italian (Italiano) Svasso Cigno
Japanese (日本語) クビナガカイツブリ (Amerikakaitsuburi)
Norwegian (Norsk) Nordsvanedykker
Polish (Polski) Perkoz Wielki
Russian (русский язык) Западная поганка
Spanish (Español) Achichilique Común
Swedish (Svenska) Mörk Svandopping
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