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1 June 2017 Novel Terrestrial Foraging Behavior in the Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Loren Merrill
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On 10 April 2016, I observed a Pied-billed Grebe engage in a terrestrial foraging bout to capture a large earthworm. All members of the grebe order (Podicipediformes) are aquatic foraging species with lobate toes on feet positioned towards the posterior portion of the body. Grebes are accomplished divers and typically consume prey captured underwater. There had been no recorded instances of any grebe foraging on land prior to this observational account.

Loren Merrill "Novel Terrestrial Foraging Behavior in the Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)," The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 129(2), 416-417, (1 June 2017).
Received: 19 April 2016; Accepted: 1 July 2016; Published: 1 June 2017
Behavioral flexibility
opportunistic foraging
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