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Grebe

Grebes
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Podicipediformes
Family:Podicipedidae
Genera
Podiceps
Tachybaptus
Podilymbus
Aechmophorus
Poliocephalus
Rollandia
Grebes are members of the Podicipedidae, a widely distributed family of freshwater diving birds, some of which visit the sea when migrating and in winter.

These birds have lobed toes and are excellent swimmers and divers. However, they are quite ungainly on land. They leave the water only to nest, walking very short distances upright like penguins.

Most have distinctive breeding plumages, and the young of the Podiceps grebes are often striped.

Species include

Genus Podiceps

Genus Tachybaptus

  • Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
  • Australasian Grebe[?] Tachybaptus novaehollandiae
  • Madagascar Grebe Tachybaptus pelzelnii
  • Rusty Grebe Tachybaptus rufolavatus
  • Least Grebe Tachybaptus dominicus

Genus Aechmorphorus

Genus Rollandia

  • White-tufted Grebe Rollandia rolland
  • Titicaca Flightless Grebe Rollandia microptera

Genus Poliocephalus

  • Hoary-headed Grebe Poliocephalus poliocephalus
  • New Zealand Grebe Poliocephalus rufopectus

Genus Podilymbus



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