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Clark's Grebe

Aechmophorus clarkii ORDER: PODICIPEDIFORMES FAMILY: PODICIPEDIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A white-faced version of the Western Grebe, the Clark's Grebe formerly was thought to be the same species. Differences in face and bill color keep the two grebes from interbreeding.

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Appearance

Ducklike
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Adult Description

  • Medium-sized waterbird.
  • Black back and cap.
  • White face.
  • White neck and underside.
  • Long neck.
  • Long, thin bill.

Immature Description

Similar to adult.

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Similar Species

  • Western Grebe is extremely similar, but has black surrounding the eyes and a duller yellow or greenish bill.
  • Winter Red-necked Grebe is gray and dingy, not bright white.
  • Loons are shorter necked and have solidly dark wings.