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Least Grebe


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The smallest grebe in the Americas, the Least Grebe inhabits both temporary and permanent wetlands from south Texas to Argentina. Easily overlooked because of its size, coloration, and habits, it remains the most poorly understood of North American grebes.

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Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Small waterbird.
  • Sooty-colored head and body.
  • Thin, dark bill.
  • Yellow eyes.

Immature Description

Bill is pale. Eyes brown, turning whitish as it gets older. Head has white stripes, gradually darkening. Throat white.

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Field MarksHelp

  • Adult breeding

    Least Grebe

    Adult breeding
    • © Greg W.Lasley / CLO
  • Adult nonbreeding

    Least Grebe

    Adult nonbreeding
    • © Kevin T. Karlson, Texas, February 2000
  • Adult breeding

    Least Grebe

    Adult breeding
    • © Kevin T. Karlson, Texas

Similar Species

  • Eared Grebe also has a "high-sterned" posture, but is much larger, with reddish flanks (breeding) or whitish areas near back of head (nonbreeding).