Podiceps nigricollis - Black-necked 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
Distribution General Range: Holarctic to Africa; winters to southern Asia, Middle America. (B89)
  • In London: In the London Area, a "passage migrant and occasional breeder." Seen e.g. on reservoirs, Rainham Marsh, The Wetland Centre at Barnes (WWT), and along the Lea Valley. (J322.65.w1)
Habitat Breeding - Shallow lakes and ponds that are well-vegetated. (B163)
Further Information Feeding:
  • food - mainly aquatic invertebrates, particularly insects, also some molluscs, amphibians and small fish. Young fed mostly insects.
  • feeding behaviour - surface dives in shallow water, also surface dips


  • location and structure - platform of floating vegetation anchored to other ground cover in reeds or sedges
  • nest building - male and female
  • breeding structure - monogamous


  • markings - not patterned
  • number of eggs - 3-4 (1-6)
  • broods - one (sometimes two) brood(s) per season
  • incubation - by male and female; 20-22 days


  • development - Precocial; fed by parents
  • parental caring for young - by male and female
  • fledging - approximately 21 days

(B163, B164)

Organisations (UK Contacts):

Electronic Library (further reading):

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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