Western Grebe

ID Info
Silhouette GrebesGrebes

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.

More ID Info
image of range map for Western GrebeRange map provided by Birds of North AmericaExplore Maps
Other Names
  • Achichilique Común (Spanish)
  • Grèbe élégant (French)
  • Cool Facts

Looking for ID Help?

Get Instant ID help for 650+ North American birds.

Try Merlin Bird ID