French: Grèbe malgache German: Madagaskarzwergtaucher Spanish: Zampullín malgache
Other common names: Madagascar Little Grebe
Known to have hybridized with T. ruficollis. Monotypic.
Madagascar, occurring throughout island.
25 cm; male 177 g, female 145 g (means). In breeding plumage has blackish-brown cap to just below eye, extending back as narrow band on central hindneck, upperparts... read more
Trilled calls similar to those of T. ruficollis, perhaps lower in pitch.
Permanent or temporary waterbodies, mainly freshwater; prefers sites with with abundant aquatic... read more
Food and feeding
Small fish, but less piscivorous than T. ruficollis and T. rufolavatus; aquatic insects form important part of diet;... read more
Breeds mainly in Feb–Apr, at end of rains, but also in austral spring (Aug–Oct). Nests may be close to each other. Nest a... read more
Dispersive, moving when waterbodies dry out or become markedly reduced in size. Groups of moere... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Widespread, and rather common in some regions; reasonably numerous in W & C Madagascar. BirdLife puts global population at minimum of c. 5000 individuals on... read more
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