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 Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis)




Western Grebe | Aechmophorus occidentalis photo
Western Grebes, Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge, California

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Western Grebe | Aechmophorus occidentalis photo
Western Grebe, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Huntington Beach, California

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

WESTERN GREBE FACTS

Description
The Western Grebe is a long-necked water bird. The body is brown-black above and white below. The top half of the head is brown-black and the lower half is white. The front of the neck is white with brown-black from the head down the back of the neck to the body. It has dull yellow bill and red eyes. The wings have a white stripe that is visible in flight.

Size
56cm - 74cm

Environment
freshwater lakes

Food
mainly fish, also insects, mollusks, crustaceans.

Breeding
lays 3-4 eggs in floating nest attached to floating or emerging vegetation. Nests in colonies.

Range
The Western Grebe is found in western Canada and the western United States to California

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Podicipediformes
Family:Podicipedidae
Genus:Aechmophorus
Species:occidentalis
Common Name:Western Grebe