Hind toe raised and lobed. Anterior toes with lateral lobes webbed at base. Tail rudimentary or wanting. Under plumage silky. Feathers of forehead normal. Head often tufted. Twelve primaries.— Young striped black and white, hatched covered with down and able to swim. Cosmopolitan. Grebes have a habit of eating their own feathers. Floating nest, three to six eggs, pale green.