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Pied-Billed Grebe - Birdwatching - Ecuador

Podilymbus podiceps

The Pied-Billed Grebe is a water bird resembling a small grayish brown duck. The easiest way to recognize them is the black stripe on their bill (which is pointier than that of a duck). It looks like someone put a black rubber band on their bill to keep it closed.

The Pied-Billed Grebe can often be seen puttering around freshwater highland ponds or brackish inland lagoons. They're pretty quiet and shy, preferring to quickly swim away if approached. They eat frogs, bugs and small fish: they can also eat their own feathers to aid in digestion.


Here are other activities in and around The Galápagos Islands that may be of interest: The Brown Noddy, Galapagos Pintail Duck, Common Moorhen in Galapagos, Mockingbird, Darwin's Finches, Galapagos Rail, Whimbrels in Galapagos, Yellow Warbler, Inland Water Birds of Galapagos and Lava Gull.

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