Grebe, Pied-billed

 
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   Description
ADULT In summer, has gray-brown plumage, palest on flanks and neck. Bill is pale gray with a striking black band. In winter, plumage is more orange-buff, particularly on neck. Throat is pale and bill is uniformly yellowish gray.
JUVENILE Has head stripes at first, but after molt acquires plumage like winter adult.

Dimensions
Length: 12-15"

Voice
Utters various clucking and chattering calls

Discussion
Could be mistaken for female Ruddy.  Stocky, plump-bodied grebe. Note the pale "powderpuff" of fluffy feathers at rear end. Bill is proportionately large and thick; black band is absent during winter months. Dives frequently for small fish and aquatic invertebrates. Sexes are similar.