Russian: Серощёкая поганка
French: Grebe jougris
Mongolian: Буурал шунгуур
length: 40-46 cm
Breeds on reeded waters, often smaller and more vegetated
than for Great Crested. Winters on coasts, occasionally lakes, reservoirs, in W and S Europe. Mostly shy and retiring habits,
reluctant to expose itself much.
smaller than Great Crested, with shorter, stockier neck and often small ‘powder-puff’
rear end (shape thus between Great Crested and Slavonian); bill slightly shorter,
more wedge-shaped and held slightly down, often giving subtle drooping effect unlike
Great Crested. In flight, less skinny than Great Crested, with shorter, dark
neck and less prominent white on shoulder. Unlike Great Crested (but like
smaller grebes), dives usually with pronounced jump clear of water.
Adult summer: Unmistakable;
courtship display as Great Crested. Small clear-cut yellow patch at base of
Adult winter: Head,
pattern without sharp black and white contrast as on Great Crested and Slavonian;
pale throat and light ‘hook-back’ behind ear-coverts contrast diffusely against
dusky ear-coverts and extensively grey upper foreneck; breast often whitest
part. A hint of the yellow patch at bill-base visible when close.
winter, but cheeks and ear-coverts whitish with thin dark stripes, and upper
foreneck and neck-sides reddish-brown; diffuse yellow bill-base more extensive
than on adult.