Red-Necked Grebe

Podiceps grisegena

Red-Necked Grebe

Red-Necked Grebe

Quick Facts


Scientific name:

Podiceps grisegena



Conservation status:




40cm to 46cm


77cm to 85cm


700g to 900g

About the Red-Necked Grebe

The red-necked grebe is quite a rare bird here in the UK and they are specialist divers and swimmers - like all other grebes. In winter, these birds look similar to great crested grebes, but they have chunky dark bills with a yellow base and slightly chunkier necks. Their bodies are brown, with black crowns on their heads and cheeks that are white. In summer the breasts and necks become red.

It's recorded that fewer than 20 individual red-necked grebes spend the summer here in the UK. In winter there's not many more here in the UK, but some will come from colder parts of Europe.

What does a Red-Necked Grebe eat?

Their diets consist of crustaceans, fish and aquatic insects.

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