Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis

  • Order: Podicipediformes
  • Family: Podicipedidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
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Breeding adult

Fairly small grebe with peaked head and thin, straight bill. Breeding adult has black head and neck with golden feathers fanning out behind eye. Sides are chestnut.

Nonbreeding

Fairly small grebe with small head and thin, straight bill. Black cap extends downward into a smudge on the cheek. Grayish neck accentuates white chin patch.

Immature

Small grebe with slender neck and rounded or peaked head. Immatures have brownish smudged necks.

Breeding adult

Fairly small grebe with slender bill. At distance, breeding adults can appear all dark.

Breeding adult

Often occurs in flocks, sometimes very large during migration (up to hundreds of thousands). Note peaked head and slender bill.

Nonbreeding

In nonbreeding plumage, note peaked or rounded head, gray wash on cheeks, and white chin. Lacks a clear dividing line between hindneck and crown.

Nonbreeding with Bufflehead

Note very different shape compared to ducks (even small ones like the Bufflehead at left): slender neck and small head with short, thin, bill.

Breeding adult with juvenile

Breeds on small, shallow lakes and ponds with emergent vegetation and lots of insects (often on ponds that lack fish). Carries chicks on back after hatching.

Recommended Citation

Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis), 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/eargre