Identification of Pied-billed Grebe

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Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
L31-38cm.Extremely rare vagrant from North America.Could easily be mistaken for Little Grebe but larger than that species. Sometimes banded bill which is thicker than Little Grebe is visible, but tends to be horn-coloured and is often described as looking 'chicken-like'. Generally brownish upperparts to body with white undertail.
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Grebes of the WorldGrebes of the World
The book starts with an authoritative introduction on the origin, evolution, distribution, physiology and behaviour of grebes, followed by accounts of each of the 22 species: Little Grebe, Least Grebe, Australasian Grebe, Madagascar Grebe, Alaotra Grebe, Pied-Billed Grebe, Atitlan Grebe, White-Tufted Grebe, Titicaca Flightless Grebe, Hoary-Headed Grebe, New Zealand Grebe, Great Grebe, Red-Necked Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Horned Grebe, Black-Necked Grebe, Colombian Grebe, Silvery Grebe, Junin Flightless Grebe, Hooded Grebe, Western Grebe and Clark's Grebe. For each account there are 2-3 pages of well written text, summarising salient information on distribution, population, behaviour and other aspects of the species natural history. At the end of the book there are two identification plates by Chris Rose which provide invaluable assistance on field identification features. Appendices provide data on length, weight, breeding details, status and conservation, and the meanings and derivations of grebe names.

The crowning glory of this wonderful book are the full page colour paintings of each species by Chris Rose. By depicting each grebe in its natural habitat, Rose fills each page with colour and light, magnificently evoking the water-based world of these beautiful birds. He does this without sacrificing attention to detail and accuracy in his representation of the birds themselves. The large format, generous margins and fine design and production of the book do justice to the quality of the work.112 pages, 22 col paintings, 2 col identification plates, distribution maps,
Grebes - Podicipedidae
Jon Fjeldsa, Professor of Biodiversity, Zoological Museum,
University of Copenhagen
Series: Bird Families of the World Bird Families of the World is a multivolume series of handbooks, intended to serve the interests of both the professional scientist and the ever-growing body of amateur ornithologists. Each volume provides a comprehensive and accurate synthesis of our knowledge of one bird family or several related families
Four general chapters on the biology, feeding ecology, breeding behaviour, evolutionary relationships, and conservation of the birds in the family
16 specially commissioned colour plates by Jon Fjeldsa, showing adults of all species and many juveniles, immatures and subspecies
116 black-and-white drawings illustrating special features and behaviour
Descriptions of each species individually, including appearance, weights, and measurements; field characters; voice; habitat and food; breeding behaviour; life cycle; and range and status (with distribution map), providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date species-level information available
Full bibliography and index
Grebes - Podicipedidae

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