09 November, 2009

Little Grebe

Scientific Name: Tachybaptus ruficollis

Population Estimate: Unclear, estimates at 610K to 3.5M

Range / Habitat: Tachybaptus ruficollis is a widespread breeder across much of western and central Europe,

Field Notes: The smallest of the grebes, Little Grebes have a very dumpy body, a short neck, tiny straight bill and no ornamental head feathers giving a rounded shape to the head. They swim buoyantly with feathers often fluffed out at rear giving a power- puff effect. In breeding adults the throat and cheeks are a bright chestnut, the fleshy gap patch takes on a pale color and the body becomes a rich dark brown above and paler below. Out of the breeding season birds are less striking with the neck taking on a buff-brown color and the body becoming dull brown above and paler below.

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