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Hooded Grebe

Podiceps gallardoi

Hooded Grebe

  • Order: Podicipediformes
  • Family: Podicipedidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Imberti, S., H. Casañas, and Ignacio Roesler

Hooded Grebe

Hooded Grebes swimming in a basaltic lake, Meseta del Strobel, Argentina; January 2005 © Santiago Imberti

The Hooded Grebe Podiceps gallardoi is a handsome bird of extreme southeastern South America where it inhabits remote and largely inaccessible barren lands of Patagonia. The population has declined severely in recent years for reasons that remain uncertain, which caused BirdLife International to uplist it to Endangered.  The Hooded Grebe was described to science less than 40 years ago.

Recommended Citation

Imberti, S., H. Casañas, and Ignacio Roesler. 2011. Hooded Grebe (Podiceps gallardoi), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Santiago Imberti

  • Migration/Movement:Intratropical Migrant
  • Primary Habitat:Freshwater lakes and ponds
  • Foraging Strata:Water (below surface)
  • Foraging Behavior:---
  • Diet:Aquatic invertebrates
  • Sociality:Single-Species Flocks
  • Mating System:Monogamy
  • Nest Form:Platform
  • Clutch: 2 - 2
  • IUCN Status:Endangered