Grebe (Eared Grebe)
Russian: Черношейная поганка
French: Grebe a
Mongolian: Халтар шунгуур
Body length: 28-34cm
Wing span: 41-60cm
Breeding season: May August
3-4 (occasionally 5)
Egg color: Smooth and white.
Brood: 1 per year
Status: Least concern
Regional status: Least concern
Food: Aquatic invertebrates, fishes and plant
usually in small colonies, on shallow ponds and lakes with much emergent
vegetation, frequently associated with Black-headed Gulls or Black Terns;
prefers access to rather large patches of open water. Winters on coasted waters,
lakes, reservoirs in W and S Europe.
Slightly smaller than Slavonian Grebe, and more elegant with thinner neck.
Dumpy body and usually prominent ‘powder-puff’ rear end give shape recalling Little
Grebe; steep forehead, with crown rounded or peaking over eye; bill rather
tiny, uptilted to sharp point (shape obvious only at close range). In flight,
white on secondaries extends to inner primaries, and lacks white shoulder
Note specially drooping, thin fan of yellowish-white cheek feathers.
Head pattern less sharply contrasting black and white than Slavonian (but
beware distance or bright light) because of grey downward bulge on rear
ear-coverts; prominent whitish ‘hook-back’ up sides of nape.
Juvenile little Grebe can show similar head pattern, but coloration dark
brown/buff (not black/grey/white); also eye black, and different bill shape.