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Fine art prints of pied-billed grebes for the walls of your home or office.
The pied-billed grebe (podilymbus podiceps) can be found in sluggish rivers, freshwater lakes and estuaries with thick vegetation growing out of the water from upper Canada in North America down through Central America and to the tip of South America in Argentina's Patagonia region. It only migrates at night and from areas where there is no access to water because of freezing.
They are small, chunky swimming birds with a compact body, slender neck, and a relatively large blocky head with an unusually thick bill and almost no tail. They are a darker brown above with a more tawny brown breast and belly. in the spring and summer the crown and nape of the neck are dark brown and the throat is black. Whitle breeding, their bill is a silverish white with a black band 9pied) but otherwise if yellow-brown. They have lobed toes, not webbed feet, for swimming. They measure from 11.8" to 15" in length with a wingspan of between 17.7" and 24.4."
Title: Surface Tension
Title: A Mouthful
Title: Pied-billed Grebe
Feeding mainly on crustaceans like crawfish, fish, mussels, amphibians, insects and other invertebrates, the pied-billed greebe's strong bill can easily crush the hardest shell. They also eat large quantities of their own feathers, even feeding them to their young. It is believed that they do so to form a sieve like plug to strain indigestible parts from the foods they eat, that can then be regurgitated in the form of small pellets, thus protecting their intestinal linings.
They are expert divers rarely seen in flight. They would rather crash-dive than fly to avoid predators. They can alkso adjust their buoyancy by trapping water in their feathers allowing them to submerge so that only the tops of their heads and beaks are showing. You can also often find them hiding in vegetation.
They typically build their nests on floating vegetation.
Title: Pied Swimmer
Title: Podilymbus Podiceps
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