Pied-Billed Grebe

Pied-Billed Grebe
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Bird Spotting: If it swims like a duck it must be a duck, right? Not necessarily ... The pied-billed grebe may mimic the movements of a duck in water but this bird does not have webbed feet. Instead its toes have lobes extending out from the sides, which makes it a swimmer to rival any duck. The pied-billed grebe is pigeon sized, brownish in color and has a chicken-like beak.

Habitat: The pied-bill grebe is commonly found in marshes and ponds across the United States. Although preferring freshwater, this bird will resort to salt water in the winter if its freshwater habitat freezes.

Nesting: The pied-billed grebe produces five to seven whitish eggs that are stained brown. Their nests are anchored to plants in ponds and marshes, and camouflaged by the floating vegetation.

Bird Bite: When alarmed this bird often sinks slowly into the water, surfacing again in another part of the pond away from danger.

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