Least GrebeTachybaptus dominicus
October – Texas
L=9.5” ...... WS=11” ...... WT=4 oz
Order: Podicipediformes (Grebes)
Family: Podicipedidae (Grebes)
The Least Grebe, as its name implies, is the smallest grebe in North America. By comparison the Least Grebe is 9.5 inches long and weighs a mere 4 oz as compared to the next smallest grebe, the Pied-billed Grebe, which is 13 inches long and weighs 16 oz. Least grebes will inhabit temporary or permanent bodies of fesh or brackish water. These habitats include ditches, ponds, small lakes, slow moving portions of rivers, and marshes. In the United States they are found only along the Texas coast and then only as far north as 50 miles south of Houston.