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Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps

A small, brown bird seen in freshwater wetlands on ponds with vegetation and feeds on small fishes, crustaceans and insects and migrates South when water surface freezes.


Aves > Podicipediformes > Podicipedidae

Names in different Languages

EnglishPied-billed Grebe
FrenchGrèbe à bec bigarré
SpanishZampullín de pico grueso

How to Identify

The bird is generally brown to dark grey and has a light grey short but strong beak with a black ring during the breeding season.

Where When to Spot

During spring, summer and autumn in ponds diving for food or hidden within the vegetation. I have seen this species in different parks with a larger pond.

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Number of times a species has been observed, identified, and recorded. A species is reported only once per visit to a park.

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Last updated on 2023-06-20. Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in the Montreal area.