Red-necked Grebe

Podiceps grisegena

Order

PODICIPEDIFORMES

Family

Grebes (Podicipedidae)

Code 4

RNGR

Code 6

PODGRI

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Red-necked Grebe has a large range, estimated globally at 1,000,000 to 10,000,000 square kilometers. Native to Europe, Asia and North America, this bird prefers inland wetland or neritic and coastal marine ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 150,000 to 370,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Red-necked Grebe is Least Concern.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Red-necked Grebe: This large grebe has dark gray upperparts and cap, white lower face and nape, white underparts with gray flanks, red-brown neck and dark brown eyes. It has a long thick yellow bill with a dark tip and black legs and feet. Dives for small fish and crustaceans. Direct flight on rapid wing beats. Sexes are similar.

 

Range and Habitat

Red-necked Grebe: Breeds from Alaska and northern Canada south to Oregon, Idaho, Ontario, and southern Minnesota; rarely east to southern Quebec. Spends winters south along coasts to southern California and Georgia, and rarely to Florida. Summer habitats include ponds and lakes; found on large lakes, coastal bays, and estuaries during winter and migration.

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Red-necked Grebe SONGS AND CALLS

Red-necked Grebe P2

Harsh calls, whinnies, and honks.

Red-necked Grebe P1

Harsh calls and whinny-braying duet given by a pair.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"Crick-crick"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Red-necked Grebe ingests large quantities of its own feathers. Feathers remain in the bird's stomach. The function of feathers in the stomach is unknown. It also feeds them to its young.
  • Boldly marked, vocal, and aggressive during the breeding season, it is quiet and subtly attired in winter.
  • It takes a long-running "taxi" in order for this small-legged and small-winged bird to take off, so it rarely flies outside of migration.
  • A group of grebes are collectively known as a "water dance" of grebes.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

RANGE MAP HAWAII

About this Hawaii Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Hawaiian island.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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UnderpartsX

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

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CapX
The area on top of the head of the bird.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
PlumesX
Large, conspicuous, showy feathers.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X