Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena   [Boddaert, 1783]

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Order: Podicipediformes Family: Podicipedidae
Number in Britain: 55 birds (Winter)
Conservation Status:
European: Not a species of concern
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Scarce Breeder, Winter Visitor
Subspecies: grisegena (RW), holboelli (V) recorded in Britain (of 2 subsp. in the world)
Length: 45 cm Wingspan: 81 cm Weight: M/F: 820 g    
Scientific name from: L.: podex=anus + pes=foot and L.: griseus=grey + gena=cheek
World Distribution: BREEDS: local in c&e Eurasia, n North America, WINTERS: south to s Europe, s China and c US
Habitat: Reedy lakes & large ponds, Winter seacoast & large lakes
Diet: Mostly invertebrates, especially insects, some fish
TitBit: Like other grebes, the adult will carry its chicks on its back - until they are too big to fit on.  
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Population and Distribution

Population Trend: No population trend available
Distribution: No distribution maps available
British Population Size:
    Winter: 55 individuals in 2004/05 - 2008/09
    First Record: 1787
    First Breeding Record: Cambridge & Scotland 1988
    Conservation Status: AMBER because Recent Non-breeding Population Decline (1981-2007), Small Non-breeding Population,
   Previous Assessments: 2002-2007 AMBER     1996-2001 AMBER  
   Races of Concern: grisegena AMBER (Recent Decline)
Habitat Occupancy (in the Breeding Season):
    No habitat data from BBS
European Population Size:
    Summer: 20 to 31 thousand pairs
Population Assesment from Birds in Europe
Distribution in Europe mapped by the EBCC Atlas
Listed on the Appendices/Schedules of: Bern(II), Bonn(II*), AEWA
Survey Results:

Breeding and Survival

Egg Size: 51 x 34 mm Egg Weight: 30.5 g (of which 10 % is shell)
Number of Nest Records: 0
Clutch Size: 4 - 5 eggs
Incubation: 20- 23 days   by the: Male + Female
Fledging: Unavailable as: Precocial, downy
First Clutches Laid: Unavailable
Number of Broods: 1(2)
Number Ringed: Annual Totals
Adult Survival: 0.800       
Juvenile Survival: No data
Age at First Breeding: Typical Lifespan: No data
Maximum Recorded Age: Too few birds ringed
Read a summary of Ringing Recoveries


Ring Size: G
Wing Length Adult: Insufficient Data
Juvenile: Insufficient Data
Male: Insufficient Data
Female: Insufficient Data
Weight Adult: Insufficient Data
Juvenile: Insufficient Data
Male: Insufficient Data
Female: Insufficient Data

Other Names

Gaelic: Gobhachan-ruadh Welsh: Gwyach Yddfgoch
Danish: Gråstrubet lappedykker Dutch: Roodhalsfuut
Finnish: Härkälintu French: Grèbe jougris
German: Rothalstaucher Hungarian: Vörösnyakú vöcsök
Icelandic: Sefgoði Irish: Foitheach Píbrua
Italian: Svasso collorosso Norwegian: Gråstrupedykker
Polish: Perkoz rdzawoszyi Portuguese: Mergulhão-de-pescoço-ruivo
Spanish: Somormujo cuellirrojo Swedish: Gråhakedopping

For More Information...

Books and Monographs:
   Ogilvie, M. 2003 Grebes of the world Bruce Coleman Books, Uxbridge [598.43 OGI]
   Vlug, J.J. 2002 BWP Update 4:139-180
   Fjeldsa, J. 2005 The Grebes Oxford University Press [598.43 FJE]
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