Western Grebe

Other Names: dabchick, swan grebe

Distribution: western United States and southwest Canada, south to central Mexico in winter.

Western Grebe distribution range map

Description:

Size: 55-75 cm in length with a 79-86 cm wingspan.

Plumage: Generally blackish above with the black of the cap extending below the bright red eyes; white below and on the front of the neck. The bill is long, slender, and greenish-yellow. A long white wing stripe shows only in flight. 

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Western Grebe

Western Grebe

Bill Shape
dagger
long billed
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
arizona
arkansas
baja california
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
florida
georgia
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
minnesota
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
nova scotia
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pacific coast
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
virginia
washington
wisconsin
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
rounded-tail
long tailed
forked-tail
Wing Shape
tapered-wings
Action
flying
Behavior
flocks
Markings
cross
crown
Sounds
twittering
harsh call
Location
low flying
ground dwelling
north in summer
Habitat
coasts
lakes rivers ponds
flats
Oceans
Marshes
Color
blackandwhite
gray
white
red
Body Shape
headcrested
duck
Size
large
Order
grebes - podicipediformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species