Western grebe

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The western grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) is a species in the grebe family of water birds. Folk names include “dabchick”, “swan grebe” and “swan-necked grebe”.

Western grebe fossils from the Late Pleistocene of SW North America were described as a distinct species, but later ranked as a paleosubspecies Aechmophorus occidentalis lucasi. More recent study found them to fall within the variation now known to exist in today’s birds.

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