red-necked grebe on nest
Red-necked Grebe on nest at Greenwater Provincial Park, Sask. (June/06)
photo courtesy of Leonard Fiedelleck
Grebes are water birds. They look like ducks but belong to a different family. Grebes are very good swimmers and divers but have difficulty walking on land. They spend most of their lives in water. Grebes like to nest in the wetlands (marshes and lakes). Their floating nests can be found among the reeds near the shore. The young ride on the backs of their parents.

There are seven grebe species in North America - Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe and Least Grebe. This web page is about the Red-necked Grebe. The Red-necked Grebe is the second largest grebe in North America.


photo credits
grebe.jpg (grebe on nest) - Jon R. Nickles, US Fish and Wildlife Service
grebe5.jpg (grebe in winter plumage) - Grant Milroy Cape Sable IBA
gnest (grebe by a nest) - Jon R. Nickles, US Fish and Wildlife Service
grebe4.jpg (grebe with young) - Donna Dewhurst,US Fish and Wildlife Service
map - courtesy of Environment Canada

web page by J.Giannetta
July/2006 (updated 2011)

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