Family Grebes (Podicipedidae)

Near Threatened

Northern Silvery Grebe (Podiceps juninensis)


French: Grèbe du Junin German: Inkataucher Spanish: Zampullín blanquillo septentrional

P. [odiceps] calliparaeus [sic] juninensis

Berlepsch and Stolzmann

, 1894,

Lake Junín, Peru


Sometimes placed in genus Dytes. Hitherto considered conspecific with P. occipitalis, but breeding bird differs by its white vs grey throat and black vs grey forehead (3);  shorter gold-stained blackish ear-tufts vs large golden-rosette ear-tufts(2); darker colour of upperparts (ns[1]); narrower black area down hindneck and  nape (2); sedentary vs migratory behaviour, with non-breeding plumage (2); and higher-pitched voice (1). Also closely related to P. nigricollis, †P. andinus and P. taczanowskii

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C Andes of Colombia S to N Chile and NW Argentina.

Descriptive notes

23–28·5 cm; c. 340–400 g. In breeding plumage resembles Southern Silvery Grebe but has darker grey head contrasting less strongly with blackish nape, white... read more


A melodic whistled “wit” or “tuíth”. Series of weak “chek... read more


Breeds on open freshwater or slightly alkaline lakes with ample areas of shallow water and dense... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly small arthropods, especially insects and their larvae, e.g. caddis flies (Trichoptera), chironomid midges, corixid bugs and beetles... read more


Nests recorded in Feb in Colombia and breeds Sept–Mar in Peru; normally one brood. Colonial, small nests almost touching one another... read more


Resident, with some local movements.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. The size of the global population is unknown but it is believed to be declining overall, although local... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). Northern Silvery Grebe (Podiceps juninensis). 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 21 January 2020).