Podicipediformes are a diverse group of aquatic birds, commonly known as grebes. They have lobed toes, short wings, and a short tail. They are found in freshwater and marine habitats, and some species are migratory. Grebes typically have a lifespan of 10-15 years, and their current population is estimated to be around 18 million. They have a distinctive appearance, with a long, slender neck, a short, thick bill, and a rounded head. Grebes are usually brown, gray, or black in color, with some species having white or yellow markings.
Name Origin: The name Podicipediformes is derived from the Latin word "podiceps" meaning "foot-footed" and the Latin word "forma" meaning "shape". This is in reference to the webbed feet of the members of this order of birds, which are adapted for swimming.
Related Species: Podiceps cristatus, Podiceps nigricollis, Tachybaptus ruficollis, Podilymbus podiceps, Phalacrocorax carbo