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
Clark's grebes reaffirm their commitment through dance.
On the lakes of Oregon, USA, a pair of Clark's grebes dance a watery waltz in perfect synchonicity. Only stopping so that the female can have a quick fish supper, the two bring their stunning routine to an end with a gravity-defying move that sees them lifting their bodies out of the water, and strutting along on the surface.
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
Year assessed: 2009
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
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