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Horned Grebe  Podiceps auritus

The Horned Grebe breeds on small to medium-sized freshwater ponds and marshes in Alaska and western Canada.  They winter in coastal estuaries along the Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf coasts.  They are also found in the southeastern part of the United States during the winter months.  Although its breeding plumage is composed of beautiful red-and-black feathers with yellowish horns, most U.S. observers only see this bird in its black and white winter plumage.

In Florida, this species is a winter resident.  It is more common in the northern part of the state and becomes more uncommon to rare the further south one goes.