Size: 12-15" (30-40 cm). Sexes similar. During breeding season, rusty neck and lower-parts. Distinctive golden ear tufts. Dark head and back. Bill slender and dark. In flight, leading edge of wing white, white speculum. In winter, black "cap" on head with white neck.
Similar Species- Eared Grebe has black neck and crested head, no white on leading edge of wing. Red-necked Grebe is larger with white cheek and long bill with yellow base.
High squeals or a sharp ka-raa during breeding season. Generally silent.
Breeds in central and southern Alaska and Canada, south to Idaho, northern South Dakota, northern Iowa, and central Wisconsin. Winters mainly coastally south to California, Texas, and Florida. May breed rarely in southeastern Idaho.
Usually eats small fishes, crustacians, and aquatic insects, but will also consume amphibians and leeches.
Usually nests among tall vegetation in shallow water. Predation may result in high nest losses. Size of breeding territory reflects location and abundance of food supply. Forages by diving in shallow water, often near emergent vegetation, but will also pick food from water surface or from vegetation. Usually not gregarious, except at staging and resting areas prior to and during migration.
|Status:||Protected nongame species|
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