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Rollandia rolland

White-tufted Grebe

  • Order: Podicipediformes
  • Family: Podicipedidae
  • Polytypic 3 Subspecies


Rollandia rolland

Juliaca, Puno, Peru; 18 July 2011 © Juan José Chalco Luna

A small South American grebe, the White-tufted Grebe is the only grebe with a tuft of white feathers on its otherwise entirely black head. It breeds on mostly on small inland bodies of water such as marshy ponds, temporary pools, roadside ditches and slow floating rivers. Unlike many other grebes, the White-tufted Grebe feeds generally from the surface of the water and dives less often. During the nonbreeding season, large groups of White-tufted Grebes in the southern portion of their range will congregate and migrate up the South American coast, forming flocks in bays and other sheltered coastal waters. Generally common throughout its range, the White-tufted Grebe is the most frequently observed grebe in Argentina.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. White-tufted Grebe (Rollandia rolland), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Complex Migrant
  • Primary Habitat:Freshwater marshes
  • Foraging Strata:Water (surface)
  • Foraging Behavior:Surface dip
  • Diet:Fish
  • Sociality:
  • Mating System:
  • Nest Form:Platform
  • Clutch: 1 - 3
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern