Western Grebe

Aechmoforus occidentalis

The largest species of grebe in North America, this elegant diving bird travels in large breeding colonies that migrate between wetland nesting sites and the shores off the Pacific Coast. They are best known for their elaborate courting displays, which are performed in plain sight on open waters.

Characteristics

The western grebe is highly specialized for fishing and diving. It has an average length of 64cm (25 inches) and weighs up to 1.8 kg. It has a distinctly long, curving neck, vivid red eyes and an elongated and sharply pointed bill. Both male and female individuals are marked by a black plumage running from the top of the head and over the back, contrasting with the white plumage of their throat and underside…

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