Grebes are an order and family of freshwater diving birds with 20 living species. Until recently there were 22, but the flightless Columbian and Atitlan grebes have become extinct in the last few decades. Grebes are famed for their elaborate courtship displays, in which the male and female mirror each other's movements. In some species the pair rear up out of the water and run along its surface. The pair bond may only last for a single breeding season.
Scientific name: Podicipedidae
The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The following habitats are found across the Grebes 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
A grebe /ˈɡriːb/ is a member of the Podicipediformes order, a widely distributed order of freshwater diving birds, some of which visit the sea when migrating and in winter. This order contains only a single family, the Podicipedidae, containing 22 species in 6 extant genera.
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