Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps   [Linnaeus, 1758]

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Order: Podicipediformes Family: Podicipedidae
Number in Britain: 1 record/year
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: Not evaluated
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Accidental
Subspecies: podiceps recorded in Britain (of 3 subsp. in the world)
Length: 34 cm Wingspan: 60 cm Weight: M/F: 470 g    
Scientific name from: from genera Podiceps + Colymbus and L.: podex=anus + pes=foot
World Distribution: Americas from s Canada south, except Amazonia, Hawaii, West Indies
Habitat: Marshes, ponds & lakes
Diet: Fish, crustaceans, aquatic insects
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Somerset, 1963 (Prytherch, R.J. 1965. British Birds 58:305-309)
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 37 Summary of Records by Year
Most Likely to Occur in: October to January
Most Recent County Records:
   Scotland: Argyll (1998), Dumfries & Galloway (1987), Upper Forth (1998), Highland (2002), Northeast (1977), Outer Hebrides (1999),
   North-east England: Northumberland (1994), North Yorkshire (2000), West Yorkshire (1997),
   North-west England: Lancashire (1997),
   English Midlands: Northamptonshire (1997),
   Eastern England: Norfolk (1999),
   South-east England: Kent (1999), Greater London (1997), Oxfordshire (1999), Surrey (1999),
   South-west England: Cornwall (2001), Devon (2001), Dorset (1980), Wiltshire (1997), Isles of Scilly (2000),
   Wales: Breconshire (1999), Caernarfonshire (1984), Glamorgan (1999),

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Other Names

Gaelic: Welsh: Gwyach Ylfinfraith
Danish: Tyknćbbet lappedykker Dutch: Dikbekfuut
Finnish: Paksunokkauikku French: Grčbe ŕ bec bigarré
German: Bindentaucher Hungarian: Tarkacsoru vöcsök
Icelandic: Stúfgođi Irish: Foitheach Gob-Alabhreac
Italian: Podilimbo Norwegian: Ringnebbdykker
Polish: Perkoz grubodzioby Portuguese: Mergulhăo-de-bico-grosso
Spanish: Zampullín picogrueso Swedish: Svartvitnäbbad dopping

For More Information...

Books and Monographs:
   Ogilvie, M. 2003 Grebes of the world Bruce Coleman Books, Uxbridge [598.43 OGI]
   Fjeldsa, J. 2005 The Grebes Oxford University Press [598.43 FJE]
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