Western Grebe

(Aechmophorus occidentalis)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 

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N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

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Species in Greatest Conservation Need

Occurrence

Uncommon to common migrant, local breeder

Habitat

Breeding: Areas of emergent or floating vegetation on large lakes

Migration: Large, deep lakes

Size

20 to 24 in length

24 wingspan


Identification

The upperparts are black. The cheek and underparts are white. The neck is black above, white below. The black crown and face extend down below the eyes. The bill is long, thin, and all greenish-yellow.

 
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Species

Clark’s Grebe (Aechmophorus clarkii) eyes are surrounded by white plumage. The bill is bright yellow.

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) upperparts are dark gray, not black. The cheek and underparts are dingy gray, not white. The upper bill is dark. During breeding season adults have a rust-colored neck.


Food

Small fish and aquatic vertebrates

 
Nesting

 

 
Migration

Mid-April to early June and late August to mid-November


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Taxonomy

Order:

Podicipediformes (grebes)

 

Family:

Podicipedidae (grebes)

 
Subordinate Taxa

Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis ephemeralis)

Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis occidentalis)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  Clark's and Western Grebe
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Uploaded on May 16, 2011

Clark's and Western Grebes perfom the most elaborate breeding ritual.

 
     
  Western Grebe - beauty and grace
Clive Bramham
 
   
 
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Published on Dec 30, 2014

Day in the life profile of Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis). November, San Diego, California. Opening shots are from Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge, Imperial Beach. The main shots are from Shelter Island harbor and beach from dawn to dusk. .

 
     
  Dancing Grebes
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Uploaded on May 29, 2011

Courtship rituals of the Western and Clark's Grebe. Filmed at Upper Klamath Lake, Klamath Falls, Oregon

 
     
  Rushing Western and Clark's Grebes - Lake Hodges - D800+500mmF4 - HD video
Bruno Enriquez Struck
 
   
 
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Published on Apr 5, 2013

HD video of Western and Clark's Grebes courting and rushing. Lake Hodges, San Diego County. Nikon D800 + Nikon 500mm F4

 
     
  The Grebes of Clear Lake (1 of 2)
Floyd Hayes
 
   
 
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Published on Sep 7, 2012

This video documents the natural history of Western and Clark's Grebes, including courtship, mating, nesting and egg hatching. It also documents anthropogenic and natural threats to their survival, including boating, chemical pollutants, windstorms and predation.

 
     
  The Grebes of Clear Lake (2 of 2)
Floyd Hayes
 
   
 
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Published on Sep 7, 2012

This video documents the natural history of Western and Clark's Grebes, including courtship, mating, nesting and egg hatching. It also documents anthropogenic and natural threats to their survival, including boating, chemical pollutants, windstorms and predation.

 
     

 

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