Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) in Winter plumage - A grebe is a member of the order Podicipediformes & the only type of bird associated with this order. They're widely distributed freshwater diving birds, some of which visit the sea when migrating & in winter. This order contains only a single family, the Podicipedidae, containing 22 species in 6 extant genera.Recent molecular studies & morphological evidence strongly supports a relationship between flamingos & grebes.
Flamingo Facts: There are 19 bones in a flamingo’s long neck. It’s unusual beak and feathers are made of a tough substance called keratin. Did you know that the bend, halfway down the flamingo’s leg, is actually its ankle. - photo by Michael Doering