Little Grebe

Tachybaptus ruficollis

Little Grebe

Little Grebe

Quick Facts


Scientific name:

Tachybaptus ruficollis



Conservation status:




25cm to 29cm


40cm to 45cm


100g to 140g

About the Little Grebe

The little grebe is quite a small and stout grebe that often seems to have a 'fluffy' rear end. When these birds are disturbed, they'll often dive and surface some distance away.

The summer plumage displays a bright chestnut colour on the cheeks and throat, with a pale patch at the bottom of the beak.

Although little birds, the little grebe van be a rather noisy bird that has an extremely distinctive whiny sound.

What does a Little Grebe eat?

Their diets consist mainly of small fish, insects and larvae.

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