Podiceps nigricollis   C. L. Brehm,  1831 (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

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Size: 28-34 cm.

Voice: Usually silent in winter.

Habits: Prefers reed-bordered jheels with patches of emergent vegetation.

Sexes alike. A small dark brown grebe with a slender pointed and slightly uptilted bill, white underparts and silvery white flanks. Non-breeding. In winter, distinguishable from very similar Little Grebe by blackish cap to below the eyes, mixed black and white chin and throat, and dark brown foreneck. Breeding (summer): Black head and neck, and a golden tuft, of feathers behind the eyes are the diagnostics.

Breeding season: June-July. Nest- a floating pad of weed stalks, c. 37-43 cm. across, firmly attached to the bottom. Eggs- 3-5 like the latter's but smaller.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Black Necked Grebe (English)
• Shyamagreeva Dubki (Gujarati)
• Kala Dubki (Hindi)
• Black-necked Grebe (English)
• Blacknecked Grebe (English)
• Shiyalu nani dubki (Gujrati)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(The species is also vulnerable to oil pollution as it frequently winters on the coast)
Threats:  Natural threats
(Susceptible to avian cholera, Erysipelas and avian botulism so is threatened by future outbreaks of these diseases.)
Importance:  Commercial
(The species is hunted for commercial and recreational purposes)

Habitat:  Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Fish, tadpoles, frogs, shrimps and its own feathers.
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• North West INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh INDIA
• Maharashtra, Pune INDIA
• Uttar Pradesh, Pyagpur INDIA
• Punjab, Bahawalpur INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2001) Sanctuary Asia natural history species: Species checklist: Birds Sanctuary Asia Sanctuary Magazine Available at - http://www.sanctuaryasia.com/resources/speciechklist/bird.php
  • Chattopadhyay, S (1995) Aves Wetland ecosystem series 1: Fauna of Chilika lake ZSI, Calcutta 561-599 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Symens, P and Suhaibani, A (1993) The impact of Gulf War oil spills on wintering seabird populations along the northern Arabian Gulf coast of Saudi Arabia, 1991 Sandgrouse 15 37-43 Available at - ZOOR13000057326
  • 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/
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • (1997) Coastal marine environment of Gujarat 178pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Vernacular names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent Buceros, Envis newsletter: Avian Ecology & Inland Wetlands 62pp Available at - http://www.bnhsenvis.nic.in/pdf/BUCEROS%203%20(1).pdf
  • Manakadan R and Pittie A (2001) Standardized English names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent BUCEROS Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetland 6(1) 26pp Available at - http://www.bnhsenvis.nic.in/pdf/BUCEROS%206%20(1).pdf
  • Kumar A, sati JP and Tak CK (2003) Checklist of Indian Waterbids Buceros Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetlands 8(1) 30pp Available at - http://www.bnhsenvis.nic.in/pdf/BUCEROS%208%20(1).pdf
  • Ali S and Ripley SD (1968) Handbook of the birds of India and Pakistan Oxford university press 1 1-368pp Available at - NIO

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