Order Podicipediformes

Family Podicipedidae

Grebes
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General
  • Small to largish waterbirds with pointed bill, lobed toes and highly reduced tail.
  • All regions except Antarctic; greatest diversity in New World.
  • Freshwater habitats, in winter often on marine waters; mostly found in temperate zones.
  • 23-74 cm.
  • 6 genera, 21 species, 51 taxa.
  • 5 species threatened;
    2 of these probably extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Llimona, F., del Hoyo, J. & Bonan, A. (2017). Grebes (Podicipedidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52192 on 21 January 2017).