The Clark's Grebe is identical in size and shape to the Western
Grebe, and was once considered to
be a lighter morph of that species. Bill colors are slightly
different, and the Clark's Grebe has white both above and below the eye.
Note that in winter, facial patterns are nearly identical for both species,
making identification much more difficult.
Habitat: Sloughs and shallow
lakes with emergent vegetation.
Diet: Mostly fish in all seasons.
Occasionally eats insects, crustaceans, and salamanders.
Behavior: Forages by diving underwater and
pursuing prey, propelled by its feet.
Nesting: June and July
Song: Ascending kreee-EEEEK.
Migration: Summers through much of the western
U.S. Winters along West Coast, Mexican coast, and selected locations
in the American Southwest.
Status: Numbers appear to be stable, and possibly
Whatbird.com: Clark's Grebe
Photo Information: June 19th, 2008 - Klamath
National Wildlife Refuge, California - Terry Sohl
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