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PIED BILLED GREBE

Family Podicipedidae

     Pied billed grebes are small ducklike birds which often dive to feed on fish and invertebrates.  Grebes can eat their own feathers as a way of protecting their stomach lining from the sharp spines of their prey.  Both males and females grebes construct the nest.  Two species of grebe have become extinct, including the only other species in the genus which contains the pied-billed grebe.

     Traditionally, grebes were thought to be related to loons since they also have their legs positioned far back on their bodies, both loons and grebes molt their feathers all at once, both can carry their young on their backs while they swim, and fossils also date back to the end of the Cretaceous.   Recent DNA analyses have questioned this relationship with loons, however. 

PIED BILLED GREBE

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