Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52412

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Podicipediformes
Family:Podicipedidae
Genus:Tachybaptus
Genus species:Tachybaptus ruficollis

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:25 cm
Identification:The breeding plumage of the little grebe is a yellow gape, a chestnut face and neck, a powder puff rear end, brown sides mottled with white, white undersides, and a black back.
Habitat:Shallow water habitats in temperate and tropical zones
Diet:Carnivore: insects, larvae, small shellfish, fish
Reproduction:Little grebes are monogamous. They can lay eggs year-round, depending on their location. Their nests are built in open water on floating plants or in vegetation on land. Both parents incubate their 2-6 eggs for a total of 19-28 days. The chicks are fully grown by the time they reach 50 days of age.
These birds can be found in pairs or small family groups with 5-6 members during the breeding season. At other times of the year, flocks of several hundred may form.
Behavior:At night, little grebes roost in large communal rafts in the water. They are often seen sunbathing during the day.
Status:No special status

Other Information

Geographic:Europe
Southern Asia
Southern Africa
Date:1971-11 Subjects:Dabchick
duck-like bird
Little grebe
Tachybaptus
Grebes
Divers (Birds)
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/52412