Least Grebe

Tachybaptus dominicus

Order

PODICIPEDIFORMES

Family

Grebes (Podicipedidae)

Code 4

LEGR

Code 6

TACDOM

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Least Grebe has a range of more than 9 million square kilometers. The range of this bird is estimated to be around 50,000 individuals. The Least Grebe is native to numerous countries throughout the world and is known to visit many others. At the current time, the range and the population of the Least Grebe are considered to be large and stable enough to warrant no immediate concerns. As a result, the Least Grebe is currently rated as Least Concern. The previous rating for this bird species was Lower Risk, which was downgraded to Least Concern in 2004.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Least Grebe: Smallest of North America's grebes. Eyes dark yellow , plumage is dark black-gray, white undertail coverts and white wing patch in flight. Black bill. In winter shows pale throat, in summer a dark throat. Females similar, juveniles are dark and light gray with striping on head. Seldom fly, rarely leave nesting places.


Range and Habitat

Least Grebe: Found in coastal regions of southern Texas, Mexico, the Rio Grande valley, Baja California, Arizona, South Florida, the West Indies, Central America, and northern Argentina. Habitats include fresh and brackish water, from small ponds to lakes, ditches, marshes and slower moving parts of rivers.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"beeeeek", "vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Least Grebe can hide under water with only its bill showing above the surface.
  • It sunbathes by facing away from the sun, closing its wings and tipping them upward on the back. It raises its feathers, exposing black skin, believed to help absorb solar radiation.
  • Its genus name is a combination of two Greek words—takhus meaning fast and baptos meaning diving, or sinking under. The species name dominicus refers to the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, which was formerly known as Santo Domingo.
  • A group of grebes are collectively known as a "water dance" of grebes.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Least Grebe

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Jane Wright

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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Undertail covertsX
Small feathers that cover the areas where the retrices (tail feathers) attach to the rump.
UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

PlumesX
Large, conspicuous, showy feathers.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X