Fairly small grebe with short, straight bill. Breeding adults have black head with rich golden tufts, black back, and cinnamon neck, breast, and sides.
Fairly small grebe with small head and short, straight bill. Nonbreeding birds have black head sharply contrasting with white cheek, gray-black upperparts, and grayish white underparts. Note white-tipped bill.
Fairly small grebe with head that appears large in breeding plumage thanks to puffy feathers. Note linear golden head tufts ("horns") and cinnamon neck and breast.
Small-bodied grebe with long neck and short, straight bill. Immatures resemble nonbreeding adults, with black cap and clean white cheek, but with grayish wash to neck.
When molting into breeding plumage, can show mix of gold or chestnut breeding coloration with grayish nonbreeding plumage.
In flight shows clean border of black cap with white neck. Leading edge of wing is dark in nonbreeding plumage. Feet are lobed, not webbed.
Courtship often happens during spring migration; pairs have several displays involving rearing up out of the water and coordinating their movements in "dances."
Often occurs in flocks and winters on large bodies of water, particularly saltwater but also freshwater to a lesser extent.
- Small waterbird.
- Small head and bill.
- Bill short and thin.
- White cheek in winter.
- Reddish neck, black cheek, and yellow tuft behind eye in summer.
Immature DescriptionImmature like winter adult.
Relative Sizebetween robin and crow
- Both Sexes
- Length: 12.2-15.0 in (31-38 cm)
- Weight: 10.6-20.1 oz (300-570 g)
- Wingspan: 17.3-18.1 in (44-46 cm)
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