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Common Name:Grebe, Pied-billed
Scientific Name:Podiceps auritus
Family:Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Area:Buckskin Mountain State Park, Arizona
Date:February 21, 2010

Merriam-Webster Dictionary says pied means - of two or more colors in blotches. The black blotch in the middle of the bill of the Pied-billed Grebe is almost an instant identifier. The sharp contrast of the black blotch and light colored bill is most intense in the breeding season from February thru September.

juvenile - Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon - - - June 9, 2014

Reference:National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America