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Pied-billed Grebe

Photo by: Ruth Ann Angus Category:  Loons-Grebes

Family:  Grebe

Latin Name:  Podilymbus podiceps

Photographer:  Ruth Ann Angus

Photographer's Website:  website

Key Identifying Points:  In breeding feathers, black ring on pale bill-nonbreeding, stout bill

Comments:  Uncommon

Found on ponds, bays, and other open water, usually near aquatic vegetation. Usually solitary or in small groups. Dives for aquatic insects, crayfish, and small fish. Stout bill and overall brownish color.