Grebes are a widespread grebe, also
found in Europe and Asia. They are often relatively tame, allowing fairly close
approach by humans. Horned Grebes are not as gregarious as many of the
grebes, and don't
breed in the large colonies that other grebes sometimes do. The Horned
Grebe is similar to the Eared Grebe, but can best
be differentiated in summer plumage by the reddish neck (the Eared
Grebe has a blackish neck).
Habitat: Lakes, ponds,
reservoirs. Prefers areas having both open water and wetland
Diet: Mostly insects and crustaceans during summers in South
Dakota, also fish, amphibians, leeches, and some plant material.
Behavior: Primarily feeds by diving under the
water's surface and propelling itself through the water with its feet.
They will also pluck food items from the water's surface.
Nesting: June and July
Song: A harsh kyark-kyark.
Migration: Summers in extreme northern U.S. the western 2/3rds of
Canada, and Alaska. Generally winters along North American coastlines and
large inland water bodies in the south.
Status: Possibly in long-term decline.
Whatbird.com: Horned Grebe
Photo Information: April 8th, 2007 - Wall Lake,
Minnehaha County - Terry Sohl
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