What do Pied-billed Grebes eat?

Photo by Chris Bosak A Pied-billed Grebe catches a fish in a pond in Danbury, Conn., November 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A Pied-billed Grebe catches a fish in a pond in Danbury, Conn., November 2016.

Pied-billed Grebes eat a variety of aquatic foods, such as crustaceans, insects and amphibians. Oh, they also eat fish, as you can see from this photo I got last week at a small pond in Danbury, Conn.

Now the next question … why is it called a Pied-billed Grebe?

The word “pied” means having two more colors. This grebe’s bill is silver/gray and black in the summer.

 

And the answer is …

Photo by Chris Bosak A Pied-billed Grebe dips its bill into the water at a pond in Danbury, Conn., April 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A Pied-billed Grebe dips its bill into the water at a pond in Danbury, Conn., April 2016.

Here’s the answer to the latest birding quiz. Thanks for playing along.

The answer is a Pied-billed Grebe. That was the answer that received the most votes, so good job to all my readers!

This one was a bit tricky becauseĀ one of the most telling field marks of the Pied-Billed Grebe is the dark ring around its bill. In this photo, the portion of the bill with the ring is under water. A full view of the bird is below.

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Photo by Chris Bosak A Pied-billed Grebe swims in a pond in Danbury, Conn., April 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A Pied-billed Grebe swims in a pond in Danbury, Conn., April 2016.