The Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) breeds from south Canada to northwest Baja California and locally to Mexico. In winters inhabits from southwest USA to Guatemala and accidental in Costa Rica. Its place is in high places. Its size is of 30 cm (12 inches) in length and 300 g weights.
In winter, its pileum and sides of head are blackish. Hindneck and upperparts dark grayish-brown to dusky. Foreneck, sides of breast, sides, and flanks are pale grayish-brown and mottled with dusky, and rest of underparts are white. In breeding season, its head, neck, and upper breast are black. Bill and feet black.