French: Grèbe minime German: Schwarzkopf-Zwergtaucher Spanish: Zampullín macacito
Dominica = Santo Domingo
Subspecies and Distribution
T. d. bangsi
(van Rossem & Hachisuka, 1937) – S Baja California (NW Mexico).
T. d. brachypterus
(Chapman, 1899) – WC Mexico and S Texas S to Panama.
T. d. dominicus
(Linnaeus, 1766) – N Caribbean, from Cozumel I (off SE Mexico) to Virgin Is and N to Bahamas.
T. d. brachyrhynchus
(Chapman, 1899) – E Colombia S to N Argentina, S Brazil and Uruguay.
T. d. eisenmanni
Storer & Getty, 1985 – W Ecuador to NW Peru.
21–26 cm; 108–130 g (nominate), 170 g (race brachyrhynchus). Unmistakable in range, with fairly uniform greyish appearance, head and neck grey, yellow... read more
Commonest call a trill, often protracted, given at varying speed. Rather high-pitched loud “... read more
Wide range of inland bodies of fresh water, including lakes, pools, ponds, backwaters and roadside... read more
Food and feeding
Generalist. Mainly larvae and adults of aquatic insects, especially beetles (Coleoptera), true bugs (Hemiptera) and dragonfly larvae (... read more
Breeds throughout year, depending on local conditions: in S USA (Texas) laying recorded in all months, with peak Apr–Aug; two broods... read more
Mainly sedentary, with local dispersal when pools dry out. Flies more readily than other grebes,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Often local or very local, but has extensive range and apparently quick to adapt to environmental changes, especially in water level... read more
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