Clark's Grebe

Aechmophorus clarkii




Grebes (Podicipedidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:

Pale blue, nest stained

Number of Eggs:

1 - 6

Incubation Days:

23 - 24

Egg Incubator:

Both sexes

Nest Location:

In shallow water.

Nest Material:

Made of floating detritus.


Some migrate



Clark's Grebe: Large grebe with gray-black upperparts, white underparts, and slender neck with white on front and black on back. Face is white above eye. Bill is yellow-orange. Sexes are similar. Formerly considered a pale morph of Western Grebe.

Range and Habitat

Clark's Grebe: Breeds from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Minnesota south to southern California, and sparsely to Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. Spends winters along the west coast and the Gulf coast, and on large river systems in west. Breeds on large lakes with reeds or rushes; winters mainly on shallow coastal bays and estuaries.

Breeding and Nesting

Clark's Grebe: One to six pale blue eggs are laid on a floating nest anchored to reeds; usually nests in dense, noisy colonies. Incubation ranges from 23 to 24 days and is carried out by both parents.

Foraging and Feeding

Clark's Grebe: Diet consists mostly of fish, but also takes insects and other invertebrates; sometimes eats amphibians and plants; forages by diving from the surface.


Clark's Grebe: Song is a loud "kr-r-rick", heard most often on breeding grounds.

Similar Species

Clark's Grebe: Western Grebe has greener bill and black cap dips below the eyes.


Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
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