Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

Grebes can be distinguished from members of the duck family by their spearlike bills, thin necks and tailless appearance. In the breeding season, the horned grebe’s underparts and neck are a rich red-chestnut colour, and its upperparts and head are dark brown-black. It has tufts of golden feathers sweeping back from above its eyes to the back of its head. Its eyes are red throughout the year.


Horned grebes breed in freshwater from the northern Great Lakes west to the Pacific and north to the Mackenzie Delta, as well as in scattered locations in the Maritimes. They winter along the Atlantic coast from New Brunswick south to Texas, and also in the Pacific.

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