Aechmophorus occidentalis occidentalis

Common Names: Western Grebe
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Grebes

A species in the grebe family of water birds. Also known as dabchick, swan grebe and swan-necked grebe. It is the largest North American grebe. It is 22-30 inches long, weighs 1.75-4.4 lbs and measures 31-40 inches across the wings. It is black-and-white, with a long, slender, swan-like neck and red eyes. It has black around the eyes and a straight greenish-yellow bill. The downy young of Western are grey.

Western Grebes nest in colonies of hundreds on large inland lakes, sometimes using coastal marshes.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.