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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Red-necked Grebe

 

 

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Red-necked Grebe

(American Red-Necked Grebe, Holboell's Diver, Holboell's Grebe)

Podiceps grisegena

 

  • Red-necked Grebe (American Red-Necked Grebe, Holboell's Diver, Holboell's Grebe)
  • Podiceps grisegena
  • UK: AMBER LIST 1 or 2 pairs breeding in some years, 200 birds (winter) BTO
  • WI: Rare Visitor (Less than 30 records)
  • Breeds: Reedy open inland waters, lakes, large ponds. Europe, West Asia, North America,
  • Winters: . Most birds migrate to coasts & large lakes. Europe, South China, USA
  • Diet: aquatic insects, some fish, crustaceans (excellent swimmer & diver)
  • Duck-sized grebe (17-23 in) Summer: red neck & breast, white throat. Winter dark-brown body, black crown, whitish cheeks - no white above eye. Thick, dark bill yellowish at base. Legs set far back - not good at walking. Nests at water's edge. Rarely fly except migration- needs a long "runway" for take-off
  • Listen to a Red-necked Grebe (RSPB site)
  • Similar birds: Slavonian Grebe

 

 

Red-necked Grebe records in the Western Isles

Rare Visitor (Less than 30 records)
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)

 

The chart below shows how abundant the Red-necked Grebe is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.

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(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

 

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