French: Grèbe à bec bigarré German: Bindentaucher Spanish: Zampullín picogrueso
Closely related to †P. gigas, with which may have hybridized. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. p. podiceps
(Linnaeus, 1758) – S & C Canada S to Panama; winters S USA, C America, West Indies.
P. p. antillarum
Bangs, 1913 – Greater and Lesser Antilles.
P. p. antarcticus
(Lesson, 1842) – E Panama and Colombia S to SC Chile and SC Argentina.
30–38 cm; 250–568 g. Black throat. Heavy build, especially head and bill, distinctive and separates this species from all but now-extinct P. gigas, which... read more
Commonly gives series of “caow” notes. Song far-carrying, a series of barking “... read more
During breeding, mainly shallow, stagnant fresh waters, marshy ponds, lakes, slow flowing stretches... read more
Food and feeding
Opportunist. Wide variety of small aquatic insects, especially bugs (Hemiptera), beetles (Coleoptera) and dragonfly larvae (Odonata); also... read more
Season mainly May–Sept in N and Sept–Dec in S, and breeds in all months in tropical areas; multiple-brooded, especially in... read more
Mainly sedentary. Populations of extreme N move S post-breeding, wintering S to Baja California and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common; some local delines recorded. Ubiquitous and very adaptable, at least in North America, where this is the most common grebe... read more
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