Family Grebes (Podicipedidae)

Least Concern

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena)


French: Grèbe jougris German: Rothalstaucher Spanish: Somormujo cuellirrojo
Other common names: Holböll’s Grebe (holbollii)

Colymbus grisegena


, 1783,

no locality = France


Race holbollii has occasionally been treated as separate species. Isolated E Siberian population may represent a separate race, for which the name bergmani is available#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. g. grisegena (Boddaert, 1783) – N, C & E Europe, W & WC Asia; winters from North Sea E to Caspian and Aral Seas.
  • P. g. holbollii Reinhardt, 1854 – E Russia, S to Manchuria and N Japan, and E to W & C Canada and NW USA; winters from E China, Korea and Japan through Aleutian Is to W Canada and W USA (S to California), and also E Canada and E USA (S to Florida).
  • One or two pairs (grisegena) have nested at Lac d’Orient, Aube, France, since about 2005#R

    Descriptive notes

    40–50 cm; 550–1000 g (nominate), 640–1616 g (holbollii); wingspan 77–85 cm. The only grebe with black cap, ash-grey face and chestnut neck in... read more


    Very vocal when breeding. Territorial call a protracted mournful “aaoooh” interspersed... read more


    Breeds mainly on inland waterbodies, typically fairly small (less than 3 ha) and shallow (less than... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet mainly fish, crustaceans and aquatic arthropods. In Europe mainly arthropods, including dragonfly larvae (Odonata), larval caddis... read more


    Season Apr/May–Aug/Sept, becoming gradually later towards N; one brood, rarely two. Normally solitary, but sometimes in loose... read more


    Migratory and dispersive; makes post-breeding movement to coastal regions. In Old World, W... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to locally fairly common; throughout range is apparently one of least common of Holarctic grebes. Generally, numbers appear... read more

    Recommended citation

    Llimona, F., del Hoyo, J., Christie, D.A., Jutglar, F., Garcia, E.F.J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena). 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 26 May 2019).