galapagos
pied-billed grebe

galapagos pied-billed grebe facts

Name: Pied-billed Grebe
Family: Podicepididae
Scientific Name: Podilymbus podiceps
Length: 34cm (13.4 in)
Weight: 253–568 g (8.9–20.0 oz)

Category: Shore Birds
Number of Species: 28
Endemic Species: 19

In total, 21 species of water birds have been recorded in Galapagos, 10 of which are endemic to the Islands. Thirty-Four species of shore birds have been recorded in Galapagos, only 2 of which are endemic.

General Description:
The only species of grebe recorded in Galapagos is the Pied-billed Grebe. This is a small, rather plump diving bird with a short neck; very short tail; straight, stout bill; and lobed toes. The sexes are alike. It is a vagrant species; recorded regularly, mainly on brackish lagoons, particularly on San Cristobal Island where it may have bred.

Identification:
The only grebe recorded. Told from other water birds by aquatic habits, frequently diving. Small size; short-necked and large-headed appearance with very short tail; uniform grey-brown plumage with white undertail-coverts; and stout, pale bill which, during the breeding season, has a vertical black band.

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