Birds A-Z

Little Grebe

Tachybaptus ruficollis


Patrik Åberg, xeno-canto


Key information: The Little Grebe is a small waterbird with a round, puffy body and a rounded head. In fact, it is so small that it can be mistaken for a duckling. It is a diving bird and it will seek food underwater. Its nest is well hidden in the reeds and floats on the water. Little grebe chicks can swim the moment they hatch. Its winter plumage is duller.

Length: 23 – 29 cm

Habitat: Wetlands

When they can be seen: All year round

What they eat: Invertebrates, fish

In Cyprus: Can be seen at natural and man-made wetlands, such as lakes, dams as well as at Larnaka sewage works

Status: Winter visitor, passage migrant, resident breeder

Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis

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