Slavonian Grebe

Slavonian Grebe (Podiceps auritus) Bird information

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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

Typeduck-like
Size31-36 cm. (13 in.)
Habitatfreshwater, sea
Behaviourswims, dives from surface, takes off and lands on water
Flockingcolonial, small flocks (up to 15) winter
Flightlaboured, direct
Voicetrills when breeding

Bird Identification

Slavonian-Grebe-Identification

Ad.summer
Crownblack, golden, ‘horns’
Upperpartsalmost black
Rumpblack
Tailblack, short and rounded
Throatrust-red
Breastrust-red
Bellyrust-red
Billblack; short and pointed
Legsblack short
Ad.winterblack cap, white throat
juvenilebrowner version of Ad.winter

Slavonian Grebe Breeding

Nestfloating mound in water
Eggs4-5; white
Incubation22-25 days
Youngactive, downy
Fledging?
Broods1; May – July
Foodsmall fish, crustaceans. molluscs, insects
population70+ pairs, 430 winter

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