French: Grèbe argenté German: Haarschopftaucher Spanish: Zampullín canoso
Jardine and Selby
New South Wales
Australia and Tasmania; isolated breeding in New Zealand in 1970s, but apparently not established#R.
27–30·5 cm; 220–260 g. Mostly drab to grey-looking small grebe, rear body often fluffed out, recalling Tachybaptus. Breeding adult has brown-... read more
Generally silent; the least vocal of all grebes. Emits weak advertisement call, a guttural rolling... read more
Prefers open, unsheltered wetlands, permanent or semi permanent; also uses temporary wetlands,... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly small arthropods, both adults and larvae, e.g. corixid bugs, chironomids, water-fleas (Cladocera), amphipods, water beetles (... read more
Season varies from year to year; normally breeds after rains, generally Oct–Jan in S of range, but variable elsewhere; no evidence of... read more
Poorly known. Some regular movements in coastal areas, at least in SE Australia, where large flocks... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). No accurate estimates of total population, but perhaps minimum of 500,000 individuals; believed to be stable. In Australia common to... read more
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