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Podiceps major

Great Grebe

  • Order: Podicipediformes
  • Family: Podicipedidae


Podiceps major

Pucon, Chile; 14 January 2010 © Thomas B. Johnson

The Great Grebe is the largest of the Podicipedidae.  It is distributed widely throughout southern South America, with a disjunct population in Peru.  With a very long, thin neck, dagger-like bill, rufous neck, dark back, and whitish underparts, this species is rather unique in appearance.  Great Grebes catch fish, crabs, and occasionally the young of other waterbirds by diving.  Perhaps in part because of this catholic diet, Great Grebes can be found in most large bodies of water ranging from rocky coasts to marshy estuaries to inland rivers and lakes. 

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Great Grebe (Podiceps major), 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.

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  • Primary Habitat:Freshwater lakes and ponds
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  • IUCN Status:Least Concern