French: Grèbe huppé German: Haubentaucher Spanish: Somormujo lavanco
Other common names: Southern Crested Grebe (australis)
Europe; restricted to Sweden.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. c. cristatus
(Linnaeus, 1758) – Eurasian Crested Grebe – Palearctic S from c. 66° N, and locally to N India; winters in coastal zones, mainly in S of range.
P. c. infuscatus
Salvadori, 1884 – African Crested Grebe – scattered populations in E & S Africa.
P. c. australis
Gould, 1844 – Australasian Crested Grebe – SW & SE Australia, Tasmania, and S New Zealand (South I).
46–61 cm; 596–1490 g. Unmistakable in breeding plumage. Nominate race in breeding plumage has black cap ending in an erectile crest (longer on older... read more
Very vocal during breeding season, with various harsh throaty calls, especially loud, strong,... read more
For breeding prefers fresh or brackish water fringed by vegetation, with sizeable sheets of open... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly sizeable fish, as much as 7·5 cm in diameter and 22 cm long, or even longer when thin species such as eels (Anguilliformes)... read more
Season mainly Apr–Jul (Jan–Sept) in Europe; breeds in all months in tropical Africa (peaks usually in or immediately after long... read more
Migratory and dispersive, especially in N parts of range. After breeding, many make local movements... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally and seasonally common in much of range; locally common but very local in Afrotropics (race infuscatus); uncommon in... read more
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