Order Podicipediformes

Family Podicipedidae

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  • 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, 20 species, 50 taxa.
  • 5 species threatened;
    2 of these probably extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Llimona, F., del Hoyo, J. & Bonan, A. (2019). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/52192 on 18 November 2019).