Pied-billed Grebe

Podilymbus podiceps

Pied-billed Grebes look an awful lot like ducks, and even swim around on the water’s surface like a dabbling Mallard. But Grebes have lobed, rather than webbed feet, and they dive for their food. Their legs, placed far back on their bodies, make them efficient and graceful underwater, but very clumsy on land. Pied-billed Grebes live in the Reserve year-round. In summer, they build floating nests in the plants at the water’s edge.

Fun Fact:
A grebe's legs, set very far back on its body, propels it through the water almost like a fish's tail.

What’s for Lunch:
Crustaceans like crabs, and small fish

Where’s Home:
In the lagoon, year round