Red-necked Grebe

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) Information

Red-necked grebe identification, facts, habitat, breeding

Red Necked Grebe is mainly winter visitor and passage migrant to coastal waters. In summer, black cap extends to below eye; white cheeks and rust-red neck preclude confusion. In winter, the overall pattern remains the same but the neck becomes dusky grey and cheeks less white. Yellow bill with dark tip. Often found in small groups in winter.

Status: Scarce double passage migrant and winter visitor to the east coast, extending westward along south coast to Dorset. Absent Ireland.

Similar Species: Winter Great Crested Grebe. Red-necked slightly smaller with grey foreneck; shorter, thicker bill is yellow, not pink.

Red-Necked Grebe Facts

Typeduck-like
Size40-46 cm (17 in.)
Habitatfreshwater, sea
Behaviourswims, dives from surface, takes off and land on water
Flocking1-10
Flightlaboured; direct
Voicesilent away from breeding grounds

Bird Identification

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Ad.summer
Crownblack
Upperpartsbrown
Rumpbrown
Tailbrown; shart and rounded
Throatrust-red
Breastrust-red
Bellywhite
Billyellow, dark tip; straight and pointed
Legsblack; short
Ad.wintersmudgy cap, grey foreneck
Juvenileas ad.winter; streaked head

Breeding

Nestfloating mount in water
Eggs4-5; white
Incubation22-25 days
Youngactive; downy
Fledging?
Broods1; May-June
Foodsmall fish, crustaceans, molluscs, insects
Population1 pair, 120+ winter

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