Podiceps auritus   (Linnaeus,  1758) (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

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Size: 31-38 cm.

Voice: Usually silent in winter.

Habits: Keeps singly or in pairs amidst aquatic vegetation, occasionally found in open water in small loose flocks.

Sexes alike. Like Black-necked Grebe, but with white tipped straight bill and a pale stripe from base of bill to eyes. Adult breeding(summer): Head black with yellow ear tufts sweeping back from eyes, neck and flanks rufous. Non-breeding (winter): black cap extends down up to eyes, foreneck white, and hind neck dark. Juvenile: similar to non-breeding birds but with faint dark stripes on cheeks.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Horned Grebe (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(The main threats to the species are human disturbance. It is commonly caught and accidentally drowning in fishing nets and is particularly vulnerable to oil spills in the marine environment during the winter.)

Habitat:  Coastal
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• S Asia INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at - http://www.iucnredlist.org/
  • Kumar, A; Sati, JP; Tak, PC and Alfred, JRB (2005) Handbook on Indian wetland birds and their conservation Zoological Survey of India, Dehra Dun 468 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • PBase Available at - http://www.pbase.com/

Page last updated on:2010-09-21

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