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Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus

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Horned Grebe is a striking small waterbird that is but a fringe member of the avifauna of the Neotropics.  Breeding in Alaska and western Canada, the species migrates through much of North America to primary wintering areas along the coasts and larger inland bodies of water.  Horned Grebe barely reaches the Neotropics in western Mexico, and is not present in the West Indies in winter.  The species is rather short-bodied and typically shows a rather white face and black cap in winter, with a white-tipped black bill with a rather stout shape.  Horned Grebe is similar to the even smaller Eared Grebe, but that bird has a thinner neck, peaked head, darker face, and slimmer bill.  This grebe dives underwater and chases fish and crustaceans with foot-propelled swimming.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/horgre