adult in breeding plumage (California, USA; 2010-04-08)

Horned Grebe
Podiceps auritus

Native Range: North America and Eurasia

Notes: similar in size, shape, and behavior to Black-necked (Eared) Grebe, but differing in the following: stouter, white-tipped bill; more white on the face when in nonbreeding plumage; reddish neck and a different pattern of golden head feathers in breeding plumage.

transitioning into breeding plumage (California, USA; 2010-04-08)

(California, USA; 2006-12-24)

note whiteon tip on bill and high-stern look (California, USA; 2008-02-09)

adult in nonbreeding plumage (California, USA; 2006-12-24)