Similar Species- The Clark's Grebe and Western Grebe were formerly considered to be the same species. The distinguishing morphological difference between them is that the cap on the Western Grebe extends past the eye. The bill of the Western Grebe is yellow.
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Breeds from southeastern Alaska, east to southwestern Manitoba, and south into portions of western and midwestern U.S.; also breeds in Mexico. Winters from southern British Columbia, south along Pacific Coast (sometimes inland) to Mexico.
Found on marshes, lakes, and bays. During migration and in winter, also found along sheltered seacoasts, and, less frequently, along rivers. Usually forages in deeper water than Western Grebe.
Eats fishes and aquatic invertebrates.
Builds platform nest on shallow water. Nests colonially, often mixed with Western Grebes. Dives from water surface to obtain food. Species is rare in northern range, but as common as Western Grebe in south. Often seen in association with Western Grebes, but species is less common than the latter in Idaho. Ecology and reproduction are similar to, but not as well understood as, Western Grebe.
|Status:||Protected nongame species|
Trost, C.H. and A. Gerstell. 1994. Status and distribution of colonial nesting waterbirds in southern Idaho, 1993. Dept. Biol. Sciences, Idaho St. Univ., Pocatello. 101pp.