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Birds

Little
Grebe

Least Concern

Decreasing

Little Grebe

Tachybaptus ruficollis

The Little Grebe is a member of the grebe family of water birds. At 23 to 29 cm in length it is the smallest European member of its family. It is commonly found in open bodies of water across most of its range.

The Little Grebe is a small water bird with a pointed bill. The adult is unmistakable in summer, predominantly dark above with its rich, rufous colour neck, cheeks and flanks, and bright yellow gape. The rufous is replaced by a dirty brownish grey in non-breeding and juvenile birds.

Juvenile birds have a yellow bill with a small black tip, and black and white streaks on the cheeks and sides of the neck as seen below. This yellow bill darkens as the juveniles age, eventually turning black once in adulthood

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Regional Names
  • Bengali:
    ছোট ডুবুরি
  • Bhojpuri:
    पनडुब्बी
  • Gujarati:
    નાની ડૂબકી
  • Hindi:
    छोटी पनडुब्बी, चुरका, डुबडुबी
  • Kannada:
    ಚಿಕ್ಕ ಗುಳುಮುಳುಕ
  • Malayalam:
    മുങ്ങാങ്കോഴി
  • Marathi:
    पाणडुबी, टिबुकली, लांडे बदक, शेंदर्‍या
  • Oriya:
    ବିଲହଂସ
  • Sanskrit:
    लघु रक्तकंठक
  • Tamil:
    முக்குளிப்பான்
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Taxanomy

PODICIPEDIFORMES
PODICIPEDIDAE
Tachybaptus ruficollis

Little Grebe

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