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Merlin Bird ID

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    Red-necked Grebe Identification

    Adult Description

    • Medium-sized waterbird; large grebe.
    • Bill is large, straight, and sharp.
    • Breeding adult has a rufous neck, pale gray or white cheeks, and a black cap.
    • Nonbreeding adult has gray neck and cheeks.

    Immature Description

    Juvenile has bold dark stripes on sides of head. Immature similar to nonbreeding adult, but even grayer; some rufous or brown tones usually show on foreneck.
    Relative Size

    Relative Sizecrow sizedcrow-sized
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 16.9-22.1 in (43-56 cm)
      • Weight: 28.2-56.4 oz (800-1600 g)
      • Wingspan: 24.0-34.6 in (61-88 cm)