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Unknown bird help please? by crimsonbro Unknown bird help please? by crimsonbro
Hey, anyone that sees this, do you know what kind of bird this is? Looks like some kind of duck to me. My uncle found it on the road and it's actually people friendly. If it were wild, it should have went south a while ago. The only thing that comes to my mind is some kind of duck. I thought female wood duck at first but closer look at pics and not so sure. Suggestions would be nice :)
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omnicogni Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014   General Artist
A grebe, sorry (the family is right though)
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crimsonbro Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
I'm just happy he stopped to help it, it got better (could fly again) and was released. :)

~Dale
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LadyCorvidaea Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is a horned grebe
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crimsonbro Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Thank you. He had never seen a bird exactly like it around here. It's off and away at this point. :)
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LadyCorvidaea Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :)
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree with horned grebe in winter plumage.
They're a kind of bird that doesn't seem to do too well in captivity (same with loons). 
I've also hear accounts that grebes will mistake wet pavement and attempt to land there which doesn't result well for the grebes.
Hopefully the little guy is doing well. 
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crimsonbro Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
That sounds about right according to how he found the poor thing just sort of hobbled on the road. All turned out well and it's flown off and away. Hoping it doesn't hit the pavement again. :|
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad things turned out well.
Diving ducks, grebes and loons are all so awkward on land because their feet are so far back when compared to other birds, it makes walking a bit of a challenge. 
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
I hope it survives!
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crimsonbro Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
It did. Well, it healed and was able to fly away. Let's just hope it doesn't dive onto anymore roads. :)

~Dale
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
That's great to know!  I do hope it finds a place to stay now.
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Cypselurus Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a bird called a Grebe :) Head shape and general coloring suggests a Horned Grebe in winter plumage, though that's just for my area. Wherabouts are you? North America?
It's almost definitely not a pet- I've never heard of zoos keeping grebes, and they're deep divers so hard to keep in a collection. Their feet are set far back on their body, and they move quite awkwardly on land. They take fish- not sure, but its probably best fresh and raw, not cooked up and in pieces.
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crimsonbro Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Very strange indeed. I'm in Michigan and it's been well below zero for a week now. All bodies of water frozen over for a month or more. Not only did this bird come to him when he got out of his vehicle, it has a taste for feed worms. People out here in the farmlands keep strange fancy chickens and pheasants and such as pets and show birds and what have you. Hmm. Now I'm even more curious what it was doing here this time of year if it was wild.

Thank you by the by :)
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