Family Grebes (Podicipedidae)

Critically Endangered

Hooded Grebe (Podiceps gallardoi)


French: Grèbe mitré German: Goldscheiteltaucher Spanish: Zampullín tobiano

Podiceps gallardoi


, 1974,

Laguna Las Escarchadas, 50 kilometres east and a little south of Calafate, Santa Cruz, Argentina


Known to have hybridized with P. occipitalis. Monotypic.


Extreme SW Argentina (W Santa Cruz), probably also Chile#R; known wintering areas on coast of Santa Cruz (estuaries of R Coyle, R Gallegos and R Chico)#R.

Descriptive notes

c. 32 cm; 420–610 g. Unmistakable, with conspicuously contrasting plumage; the only grebe with broad white forehead contrasting with black lower face; like other... read more


Noisy at colony, where melodious rolling “de-wrééé-errr” whistles... read more


Upland lakes in foothill mesetas (plateaux) at altitude of 500–1200 m, where small lakes... read more

Food and feeding

Small invertebrates: large snails (Lymnaea diaphana) and to lesser extent amphipods the most important food items, at least when... read more


Egg-laying in Dec–Jan, sometimes Feb. Colonial; colonies always in open areas and dense, with 5–75 pairs and occasionally (in... read more


Migratory. Much movement of flocks between lakes during summer; numbers vary from day to day,... read more

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Has very small global range within which its very small population is rapidly declining; previously considered rare, but in 2012 uplisted to current... read more

Recommended citation

Llimona, F., del Hoyo, J., Christie, D.A., Jutglar, F., Sharpe, C.J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Hooded Grebe (Podiceps gallardoi). 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 on 27 January 2020).