Slavonian Grebe (Podiceps auritus) Bird information
Slavonian Grebe is a Small grebe, only slightly larger than Little Grebe. In summer, black head marked by golden ‘horns’ extending through eye; neck and flanks rust-red. In winter, clear-cut black cap contrasts with white foreneck and flanks; back almost black. Generally gregarious all seasons.
Status: rare breeder in northern Britain; scarce winter visitor, mainly to sheltered coasts and estuaries.
Similar Species: Black-necked is separated by black, not red, neck in summer and grey foreneck and less clear-cut cap in winter. At all times Slavonian Grebe has thicker, more symmetrical, bill.
Slavonian Grebe bird facts
|Size||31-36 cm. (13 in.)|
|Behaviour||swims, dives from surface, takes off and lands on water|
|Flocking||colonial, small flocks (up to 15) winter|
|Voice||trills when breeding|
|Crown||black, golden, ‘horns’|
|Tail||black, short and rounded|
|Bill||black; short and pointed|
|Ad.winter||black cap, white throat|
|juvenile||browner version of Ad.winter|
Slavonian Grebe Breeding
|Nest||floating mound in water|
|Broods||1; May – July|
|Food||small fish, crustaceans. molluscs, insects|
|population||70+ pairs, 430 winter|