Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps

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

Small, chunky waterbird with a blocky head, short, thick bill, and almost no tail. Breeding birds have a vertical black stripe on the bill.


Small waterbird with a short, thick bill and almost no tail. Nonbreeding birds have a brownish neck and lack the black bill stripe.


Juveniles have striped faces.

Breeding adult

Can adjust their buoyancy to float with just the upper half of the head above the water.


They have lobed feet to help propel them underwater.


Some nonbreeding birds have more cinnamon coloring on the neck.

Breeding adult

Breeds in quiet ponds and marshes with wetland vegetation.

Breeding adult and juvenile

Forages in slow moving waters with aquatic vegetation. Juveniles accompany adults for several weeks.

Recommended Citation

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps), 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/pibgre