Pied-billed Grebe

Animal Guide : Birds

Pied-billed Grebe
Fun Fact:
A grebe's legs, set very far back on its body, propels it through the water almost like a fish's tail.

What's for Lunch:
Aquatic invertebrates

Where's Home:
In the lagoon, year round

Scientific Name:
Podilymbus podiceps

Animal Guide : Birds

Overview:
Pied-billed Grebes look an awful lot like ducks, and even swim around on the water's surface like a dabbling Mallard. But Grebes have lobed, rather than webbed feet, and they dive for their food. Their legs, placed far back on their bodies, make them efficient and graceful underwater, but very clumsy on land. Pied-billed Grebes live in the Reserve year-round. In summer, they build floating nests in the plants at the water's edge.