Profile of Clark's grebe

Clark's grebe

Clark's grebes were once thought to a lighter coloured variation or morph of the western grebe rather than a separate species. Both species are found in north America, often together, and they perform similar spectacular and elaborate courtship displays involving mate feeding and rushing though there is little interbreeding. They build floating nests of vegetation in freshwater wetlands and marshy areas and use a dagger-like bill for catching fish while diving underwater.

Scientific name: Aechmophorus clarkii

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Clark's grebe taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Clark's grebe can be found in a number of locations including: North America. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Clark's grebe distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Podicipediformes
  6. Grebes
  7. Aechmophorus
  8. Clark's grebe

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