Podiceps auritus - Horned grebe:

Summary Information
Living Organisms / Animalia / Craniata / Aves / Ciconiiformes / Podicipedidae / Podiceps / Species

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The taxonomy of birds is still under review and the A World Checklist of Birds by Burt L. Monroe, Jr and Charles G. Sibley (B89) has been chosen as the primary reference. The taxonomic structure will be amended when new editions or complete references are identified by the scientific world as the recognized primary references for taxonomy.

Alternative Names
  • Slavonian grebe (B163)
Distribution General Range: Northern Holarctic; winters to southern Europe, southern Asia, southern United States. (B89)
  • In London: In the London Area, "scarce winter visitor." Seen on Staines Reservoir and other reservoirs. More birds may be seen in this area during a cold snap. (J322.65.w1)
Habitat Breeding - Well-vegetated, shallow lakes and ponds. (B163)
Further Information Feeding:
  • food - mainly aquatic invertebrates (insects); also fish (main food source in winter)
  • feeding behaviour - Surface dives, sometimes for some distance under water


  • location and structure - anchored platform, usually in cover, made of floating vegetation
  • nest building - started by male, female then also contributes
  • breeding structure - monogamous


  • markings - not patterned
  • number of eggs - 4-5 (1-7)
  • broods - one (sometimes two) brood(s) per season
  • incubation - by male and female; 22-25 days


  • development - Precocial; fed by parents
  • parental caring for young - by male and female
  • fledging - 55-60 days

(B163, B164)

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General Legislation:

  • This species is listed on Schedule 1 - Part I (Birds protected by special penalties: Notes on the revised schedules state "Birds protected by special penalties at all times") of the LUK2 - Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 of the United Kingdom. (W5.Oct01)

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