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    Western Grebe

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    Western Grebe

    Aechmophorus occidentalis
    • ORDER: Podicipediformes
    • FAMILY: Podicipedidae
    Basic Description

    A large, elegant, black-and-white grebe, the Western Grebe breeds in lakes and ponds across the American West and winters primarily off the Pacific Coast. The very similar Clark's Grebe was long thought to be the same species. Both species have a dramatic, choreographed courtship display, in which the birds rush across the water with their long necks extended.

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    Other Names
    • Achichilique Pico Amarillo (Spanish)
    • Grèbe élégant (French)
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