Ponds and Lakes Animals

Great Crested Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Class: Aves: Birds Diet: Fish
Order: Podicipediformes: Grebes
Size: 51 cm (20 in)
Family: Podicipedidae: Grebes Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Podiceps cristatus Habitat: lakes, ponds, rivers, coastal waters
Range: Europe, Asia, Africa, south of the Sahara; Australia, New Zealand

Size of Great Crested GrebeEasily recognized on water by its long slender neck and daggerlike bill, the great crested grebe is rarely seen on land, where it moves awkwardly, or in flight. It feeds mainly on fish, which it catches by diving from the surface of the water. The great crested is one of the largest grebes; adults are particularly striking in their breeding plumage, when they sport a double-horned crest on the head and frills on the neck. In winter this crest is much reduced, the frills lost and the head largely white. The sexes look alike, but males generally have longer bills and larger crests and frills. Before mating, these grebes perform an elegant mutual courtship dance to establish the pair bond. Both partners perform head-wagging and reed-holding displays and other ritualized movements. They mate on a reed platform near the nest, which is among the reeds. The female lays 2 to 7 eggs, which are incubated by both parents for 27 to 29 days.

Range of Great Crested Grebe
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