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Atitlan Grebe Podilymbus gigas

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Atitlan Grebe is an extinct species that was formerly endemic to Lago de Atitlan in Guatemala. Curiously, this bird was like a large version of Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps), but had very reduced wings and was flightless. Introduced bass led to a decline in the fish and grabs that served as food for the grebes, and lowered water levels in the lake associated with a large earthquake in 1976 further hurt the species. While never abundant, the species declined from 200 individuals in the 1960s until no more were found after 1989 when the species sadly became extinct.

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Recommended Citation

Atitlan Grebe (Podilymbus gigas), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/atigre1