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Great Crested Grebe

About Great Crested Grebe

The Great Crested Grebe has a long slim neck waterbird that has a flat head, crimson eyes, a pinkish bill, and green legs.

Builds a nest of rotting vegetation at the edge of the water, sometimes it floats. They have 3-6 white eggs that both parents take care of for 25-31 days. Sometimes they will raise 2 families a year.

This bird is an expert diver that takes most of its food underwater. They are smooth beneath the water and can chase fish with powerful strokes of their webbed feet. It needs a long take off surface, walking its feet over the water and taking to the air with fast, labored wingbeats. Once it is in the air the feet trail behind and the neck is low giving it a hump-back appearance.