Pied-billed Grebe

Species Name: Podilymbus podiceps


Species Distribution in Massachusetts


Federal Rank: None

Massachusetts State Rank: Endangered

Habitat Description

Marshes, lakes, large ponds, and other wetlands which have an abundant supply of cattails, and other vegetation which can provide cover and nesting materials during the breeding season. During winter they spend their time in open lakes and rivers, estuaries, and tidal creeks, usually to the south of Massachusetts.

Threats to Survival

Limited suitable wetland habitats and Massachusetts is at the northern edge of its range.

Actions Recommended to Ensure Survival

Due to it being at the northern edge of its range in Massachusetts, it is unlikely to establish a large population in the state. To maintain its current population, sufficient wetland habitats should be maintained or created.