Tachybaptus ruficollis   (Pallas,  1764) (Bird)
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Class: Aves

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Size: 25-29 cm.

Voice: Hight whinnying trill; whit, whit.

Habits: Keeps singly or in pairs among aquatic vegetation, dives for safety when disturbed, breeds throughout the year, nest (like a pad of weeds) either floating or bedded on waterweeds.

Adult: Sexes alike. A small, squat and tailless bird with short pointed bill and backwardly placed legs. It rides the water with rear end raised and dives frequently. In flight, a white wings patch of secondaries conspicuous. Breeding (summer): Forehead, crown and nape blackish-brown, lores, face, and chin chestnut, upper plumage lighter than the crown, flanks dusky brown and underparts silky smoky-white. Non-breeding (winter): Light brown with whitish chin, pale rufous neck and whitish underparts. Juvenile: paler, the chestnut on the sides of the head and lower neck is either absent or a trace of it, the lower plumage is white with very little brown.

Breeding season: May to September

Breeding site: The nest is a floating platform of aquatic plant matter anchored to emergent vegetation, submerged branches or bushes close to the edge of shallow wetlands. Egg- Seven in number, elongated oval, unmarked white, but soon becoming brown-stained through contact with the sodden weeds with which the bird usually covers them up before leaving the nest in alarm or to feed.

Synonym (s)
Podiceps ruficollis (Pallas, 1764)

Common Name (s)
• Little Grebe (English)
• Dabchick (English)
• Pandubi (Marathi)
• Dubki (Gujrati)
• Pandubbi (Hindi)
• Munugudi-kodi (Telugu)
• Mukkulippan (Tamil)
• Nani dubki (Gujrati)
• Pantiri (Hindi)
• Dubdubi (Hindi)
• Churaka (Hindi)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Natural threats
(The species is susceptible to avian influenza so may be threatened by future outbreaks of this virus.)
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(The species is hunted for commercial (sold as food) and recreational purposes.)
Importance:  Commercial
(sold as food)

Habitat:  Estuarine, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Mollusca, fish, tadpoles, crustaceans and aquatic insects.
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• North West INDIA
• Goa, Velsao INDIA (Record: 09/12/1981)
• Goa, Terekhol Estuary INDIA (Record: 20/11/1986)
• Goa, Anjuna coast INDIA (Record: 04/07/1999)
• Kerala, Kol wetlands (Lat: 10.33) (Long: 75.96) INDIA
• Kerala, Kol wetlands (Lat: 10.66) (Long: 76.18) INDIA
• Kerala, Vembanad Lake (Lat: 9.66) (Long: 76.55) INDIA
• Kerala, Vembanad Lake (Lat: 9.28) (Long: 76.31) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pulicat Lake INDIA
• Orissa, Dhamra Port INDIA
• Goa, Carambolim INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh INDIA
• Arunachal Pradesh INDIA
• Kurukshetra INDIA
• Goa, Curtorim lake INDIA
• Goa, Maina Lake INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Pallikaranai Wetlands INDIA
• Haryana, Kurukshetra INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary INDIA
• Kerela, Kuttanad wetlands INDIA
• Maharashtra, Satara district INDIA
• Orissa, Bhitarkanika INDIA
• Gujarat, Mahi River estuary INDIA
• Andaman & Nicobar Islands INDIA

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