Pied-billed Grebe

Podilymbus podiceps (Linnaeus, 1758) PJ PIBGR 60
Family: Podicipediformes > Podicipedidae

Resembling a large Little Grebe, but with a distinctive black ring around the bill, this is a rare visitor from North America. Most records come from the south-west of Britain but, having arrived, many individuals stay for some time.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
1.2k records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
1.2k records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


Pied-billed Grebe is a rare vagrant, recorded sporadically throughout the year.

Weekly occurence of Pied-billed Grebe from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Pied-billed Grebe, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Gwyach Ylfinfraith
Catalan: cabusset becgròs
Czech: potápka americká
Danish: Tyknæbbet Lappedykker
Dutch: Dikbekfuut
Estonian: vöötnokk-pütt
Finnish: paksunokkauikku
French: Grèbe à bec bigarré
German: Bindentaucher
Hungarian: gyuruscsoru vöcsök
Icelandic: Stúfgoði
Irish: Foitheach Gob-Alabhreac
Italian: Podilimbo
Latvian: raibknabja dukuris
Lithuanian: mažasis margasnapis kragas
Norwegian: Ringnebbdykker
Polish: perkozek grubodzioby
Portuguese: mergulhão-caçador
Slovak: potápka škvrnitozobá
Slovenian: progastokljuni ponirek
Spanish: Zampullín picogrueso
Swedish: tjocknäbbad dopping

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