Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
- HABITAT - Freshwater wetlands with emergent vegatation, lakes, rivers, They forage in open water but construct their floating nests using materials and anchors of aquatic vegetation or dense stands of emergent vegetation. The live year round throughout North America, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. Some breed in central, northern and northeastern Canada and migrate south in the winter.
- DIET - Pied-billed Grebes eat mostly crustaceans (particularly crayfish) and small fish, which they capture and crush with their stout bills and strong jaws. They are opportunistic feeders consume a great variety of prey including snails, dragonfly nymphs, frogs, tadpoles, salamanders and aquatic insects.
- FACTS - Pied-billed Grebes are like little submarines and when they sense danger, they will dive for about 30 seconds and may move to a more secluded area of the water, allowing only the head to be visible.