Central and Eastern parts of Canada and the United States
Dance master. The horned grebe uses complex behavioral displays during courting and aggression, with choreography ranging from a "penguin dance" to swimming side by side in a hunched posture while trilling in duet. The grebe is also graceful in its foot-assisted takeoffs, which makes it look as if it's running on water. But a multitude of dangers are catching up to it, including human disturbance at breeding sites, fluctuating water levels, introduced predators and toxic chemicals. Will the dance continue?
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