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Pied-billed Grebe

Podilymbus podiceps

 
Photo © by Michael Plagens

Photo taken in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. 05 Feb. 2009.

These little diving birds swim a bit like ducks, then they suddenly dive and disappear for several minutes hunting for small fish. They may surface many meters from their starting point.

In the Sonoran Desert they are commonly seen during the winter months in ponds, along canals and in slow/dammed portions of the rivers. The ring on the beak is very faint during its non-breeding stay in the Sonoran Desert.

Year-round Resident - Partial Migration - Common Winter/ Uncommon Summer

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