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Podicipedidae - Grebes

grebe

Classification

 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Podicipediformes
 Family: Podicipedidae

Red-necked GrebeThere are 22 species of diving birds in this family. Grebes are found fresh water lakes, ponds, and rivers around the world, except for in the polar regions. Some species winter along ocean coasts.

Grebes have stocky bodies; thick, waterproof feathers; long, slightly webbed, lobed toes; long necks; small heads; and small tails. Some species have long, pointed bills; other species have medium length, conical bills. Their legs are set back on their bodies and grebes are clumsy on land. When they walk on land they stand upright like penguins! Males and females look alike, but males are a little larger.

Grebes are very good divers and swimmers! They often swim with just their heads above the water. Grebes have to run across the water to take off in flight. Grebes dive from the surface of the water for fish, crustaceans, and mollusks. Grebes also eat insects and their own feathers! Grebes nest on floating aquatic vegetation. Both the male and the female care for the chicks and often carry them on their backs.

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in USThreatened in US Threatened in New HampshireThreatened in NH Endangered in USEndangered in US Endangered in NHEndangered in NH IntroducedIntroduced breeds in nhBreeds in NH
US Fish and Wildlifeand NH Fish and Game

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

Pied-billed Grebe - Podilymbus podiceps Least Concern Threatened in New Hampshire breeds in nh
Red-necked Grebe - Podiceps grisegena Least Concern
Horned Grebe - Podiceps auritus Least Concern 

 

Clark's Grebe - Aechmophorus clarkii   Least Concern
Western Grebe - Aechmophorus occidentalis Least Concern
Black-necked Grebe - Podiceps nigricollis Least Concern
Atitlan Grebe - Podilymbus gigas extinct
Least Grebe - Tachybaptus dominicus Least Concern

Other Species Around the World

Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North/Central America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH Species

Clark's Grebe - Aechmophorus clarkii   Least Concern North America
Western Grebe - Aechmophorus occidentalis Least Concern North America
Colombian Grebe - Podiceps andinus extinct South America
Horned Grebe - Podiceps auritus Least Concern  Asia  Europe North America New Hampshire Species
Great Crested Grebe - Podiceps cristatus Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe
Hooded Grebe - Podiceps gallardoi Endangered South America
Red-necked Grebe - Podiceps grisegena Least Concern Asia Europe North America New Hampshire Species
Great Grebe - Podiceps major Least Concern South America
Eared Grebe - Podiceps nigricollis Least Concern Africa Asia Europe North America
Silvery Grebe - Podiceps occipitalis Least Concern South America
Junin Grebe - Podiceps taczanowskii Critically Endangered South America

 

Atitlan Grebe - Podilymbus gigas extinct North America
Pied-billed Grebe - Podilymbus podiceps Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
Hoary-headed Grebe - Poliocephalus poliocephalus Least Concern Australia
New Zealand Grebe - Poliocephalus rufopectus Vulnerable Australia
Titicaca Grebe - Rollandia microptera Endangered South America
White-tufted Grebe - Rollandia rolland Least Concern South America
Least Grebe - Tachybaptus dominicus Least Concern North America South America
Australasian Grebe - Tachybaptus novaehollandiae Least Concern Asia Australia
Madagascar Grebe - Tachybaptus pelzelnii Vulnerable Africa
Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollis Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe
Alaotra Grebe -Tachybaptus rufolavatus extinct Africa

Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Alaotra Grebe -Tachybaptus rufolavatus profile Photos extinct Africa
The Alaotra grebe was found in Madagascar on Lake Alaotra.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Alaotra Grebe -Tachybaptus rufolavatus profile extinct Africa
The last confirmed sighting of the Alaotra grebe was in 1982.
Source:BirdLife International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Atitlan Grebe - Podilymbus gigas profile extinct North America
The Atitlan grebe was found on Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. It has been extinct since 1986.
Source:BirdLife International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Australasian Grebe - Tachybaptus novaehollandiae Photos Video Audio Least Concern Asia Australia
The Australasian grebe is found in Australia, Indonesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, and Vanuatu.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Clark's Grebe - Aechmophorus clarkii Photos Video   Least Concern North America
Clark's grebe is found in Canada, Mexico, and the western United States.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Clark's Grebe - Aechmophorus clarkii profile Photos Audio   Least Concern North America
Clark's grebe has a black cap, neck, and back; a white face, throat, and breast, and belly; and a long, pointed bill,
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Clark's Grebe - Aechmophorus clarkii Photos Video   Least Concern North America
Clark's grebe breeds on inland lakes and winters on the Pacific Coast.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Colombian Grebe - Podiceps andinus profile extinct South America
The Colombian grebe was last recorded in 1977. It is now considered extinct. It was found in the Andes in Colombia.
Source:BirdLife International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Colombian Grebe - Podiceps andinus profile extinct South America
Drainage of wetlands was one of the factors leading to the extinction of the Colombian grebe.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Eared Grebe - Podiceps nigricollis Photos Video Least Concern Africa Asia Europe North America
The eared grebe is also known as the black-necked grebe. It is the most widely distributed grebe in the world.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Eared Grebe - Podiceps nigricollis profile Photos Audio Least Concern Africa Asia Europe North America
The eared grebe is found in the western half of the United States.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Eared Grebe - Podiceps nigricollis profile Photos Audio Least Concern Africa Asia Europe North America
The Eared Grebe is currently the most abundant species of grebe in North America.
Source: Seattle Audubon BirdWeb Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Great Crested Grebe - Podiceps cristatus profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe
The great crested grebe is found across Europe and Asia. It is also found in parts op Africa and Australia.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Great Crested Grebe - Podiceps cristatus profile Photos Video Audio Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe
The great crested grebe is clumsy on land because its feet are place so far back on its body.
Source: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Great Crested Grebe - Podiceps cristatus Photos Video Audio Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe
Great crested grebe chicks have black and white zebra-striped heads.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Great Grebe - Podiceps major profile Photos Audio Least Concern South America
The great grebe is found in Argentina; Brazil; Chile; Falkland Islands; Paraguay; Peru; South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands; and Uruguay.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Hooded Grebe - Podiceps gallardoi Photos Endangered South America
The hooded grebe is found in Argentina and Chile.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Hooded Grebe - Podiceps gallardoi Photos Video Audio Endangered South America
The hooded grebe is found on isolated lakes in the most remote parts of Patagonia
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Horned Grebe - Podiceps auritus profile Photos Least Concern  Asia  Europe North America New Hampshire Species
The horned grebe breeds from Alaska and northern Canada south through the Canadian prairie provinces to Washington, Montana, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Populations winter along the Pacific coast from Alaska to Mexico and along the Atlantic coast from Nova Scotia to the gulf coast. They are also found in Eurasia.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Horned Grebe - Podiceps auritus Photos Video Least Concern  Asia  Europe North America New Hampshire Species
In the summer, the horned grebe has brownish-yellow horn-like tufts behind its eyes.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Horned Grebe - Podiceps auritus profile Photos Audio Least Concern  Asia  Europe North America New Hampshire Species
The horned grebe eats its own feathers. The feathers form a wad in their stomachs that probably help them digest fish bones. Adult horned grebes even feed feathers to their chicks.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Horned Grebe - Podiceps auritus profile Photos Audio Least Concern  Asia  Europe North America New Hampshire Species
Horned Grebes are very territorial on their nesting grounds.
Source: Seattle Audubon BirdWeb Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Hoary-headed Grebe - Poliocephalus poliocephalus Photos Video Least Concern Australia
The hoary-headed grebe is found in Australia and New Zealand.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Junin Grebe - Podiceps taczanowskii Photos Critically Endangered South America
The Junin grebe is only found on Lake Junín in the highlands of west-central Peru.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Junin Grebe - Podiceps taczanowskii profile Photos Critically Endangered South America
The Junin grebe is flightless.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Least Grebe - Tachybaptus dominicus Photos Video Audio Least Concern North America South America
The least grebe is found from Texas to Argentina. It is also found in the Caribbean.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Least Grebe - Tachybaptus dominicus profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America
The least grebe is the smallest grebe species in the Americas.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollis Photos Video Audio Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe
The little grebe is found across southern Europe and Asia as well as in central and southern Africa.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollis profile Photos Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe
The little grebe is is also known as the dabchick. It is the smallest species of grebe.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Madagascar Grebe - Tachybaptus pelzelnii Photos Video Vulnerable Africa
The Madagascar grebe is found in Madagascar.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Madagascar Grebe - Tachybaptus pelzelnii profile Photos Vulnerable Africa
The Madagascar grebe feeds on aquatic insects and crustaceans.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

New Zealand Grebe - Poliocephalus rufopectus Photos Video Vulnerable Australia
The New Zealand grebe is found in New Zealand.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

New Zealand Grebe - Poliocephalus rufopectus profile Photos Vulnerable Australia
The New Zealand grebe is dark brown with pale yellow eyes and a black bill.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Pied-billed Grebe - Podilymbus podiceps profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The pied-billed grebe breeds on the Alaskan coasts, and throughout Canada and the United States. They also breed in some areas of the Caribbean and in South America.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Pied-billed Grebe - Podilymbus podiceps profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The pied-billed grebe has a black ring around its bill in the summer.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Pied-billed Grebe - Podilymbus podiceps profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
Pied-billed Grebes are less social than most species of grebes and are rarely found in flocks.
Source: Seattle Audubon BirdWeb Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Pied-billed Grebe - Podilymbus podiceps Photos Video Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The pied-billed grebe is an excellent swimmer and diver. It often dives to evade predators.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Red-necked Grebe - Podiceps grisegena profile Photos Least Concern Asia Europe North America New Hampshire Species
The red-necked grebe is found in portions of North America, Asia, and Europe.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Red-necked Grebe - Podiceps grisegena Photos Video Least Concern Asia Europe North America New Hampshire Species
The red-necked grebe has a rusty-red neck during breeding season.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Red-necked Grebe - Podiceps grisegena profile Photos Audio Least Concern Asia Europe North America New Hampshire Species
In North America, the Red-necked Grebe breeds on small inland lakes in Canada and Alaska. It winters along both coasts of North America.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Red-necked Grebe - Podiceps grisegena profile Photos Audio Least Concern Asia Europe North America New Hampshire Species
When migrating, Red-necked Grebes fly over land at night and over coastlines by day.
Source: Seattle Audubon BirdWeb Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Silvery Grebe - Podiceps occipitalis Photos Video Least Concern South America
The silvery grebe is found in Argentina; Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, the Falkland Islands, and Peru.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Titicaca Grebe - Rollandia microptera Photos Video Endangered South America
The Titicaca grebe is found in Bolivia and Peru.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Titicaca Grebe - Rollandia microptera profile Photos Audio Endangered South America
The Titicaca grebe is flightless.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Western Grebe - Aechmophorus occidentalis profile Photos Least Concern North America
The western grebe is found in western North America from British Columbia , Canada east to Manitoba, Canada and south California and Texas. It is also found in Mexico.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Western Grebe - Aechmophorus occidentalis profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America
The western grebe has a black cap and neck; a gray back; a white neck, breast, and belly; and a long, thin yellowish-green bill.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Western Grebe - Aechmophorus occidentalis Photos Video Least Concern North America
In the winter, western grebes are found on saltwater bays. During breeding season they are found in freshwater habitats.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Western Grebe - Aechmophorus occidentalis profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America
Western grebes winter in large flocks and nest in colonies.
Source: Seattle Audubon BirdWeb Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-tufted Grebe - Rollandia rolland Photos Video Audio Least Concern South America
The white-tufted grebe is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, the Falkland Islands, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-tufted Grebe - Rollandia rolland profile Least Concern South America
The white-tufted grebe is the only grebe with a tuft of white feathers on its head.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No