Clark's Grebe

General description.

The Clark's Grebe was long thought of as a pale morph of the Western Grebe due to their similar size, behavior, and coloration. Only recently was it discovered that the Clark's Grebe and the Western Grebe are different species. Clark's and Western Grebes are the largest of the grebes. The Clark's Grebe can usually be found feeding on fish in lakes and rivers. Due to the position of their legs on their bodies, Grebes find it easier to swim rather than to walk and thus spend most of their time in the water. This bird even nests in the water, building its platform shaped nest in marshy areas with cattails and reeds. The Clark's Grebe was once threatened due to plume hunters, now the major threats to populations of this magnificent bird are oil spills and loss of habitat.

Flight pattern.

Direct with fast wing beats.

Breeding habits.


Calls or song.


Population and distribution.

Range includes much of the western United States. There, Clark's Grebes are common in number.

Nesting habits.

The Clark's Grebe nests in cattails and lays 1-6 blue to white eggs.
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