Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis   [CL Brehm, 1831]

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Order: Podicipediformes Family: Podicipedidae
Number in Britain: 40 Pairs (Summer)
Conservation Status:
European: Not a species of concern
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Migrant/Resident Breeder, Passage/Winter Visitor
Subspecies: nigricollis recorded in Britain (of 3 subsp. in the world)
Length: 31 cm Wingspan: 58 cm Weight: M: 360 g   F: 260 g    
Scientific name from: L.: podex=anus + pes=foot and L.: niger=black + collis=neck
World Distribution: BREEDS: local in n Europe, n&c Asia, e&s Africa, w North America, WINTERS: south to s Europe, India & n Central America
Habitat: Large reedy lakes, Winter also coastal
Diet: Mostly insects, occasionally other invertebrates or small fish
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Population and Distribution

Population Trend: No population trend available
Distribution: No distribution maps available
British Population Size:
    Summer: 40 Pairs in
    Winter: 130 individuals in 2004/05 - 2008/09
    First Record: Cornwall, 1810
    First Breeding Record: Anglesey 1904
    Latest Survey: Musgrove, A. et al. (2013) British Birds 106:64-100
    Conservation Status: AMBER because Small Breeding Population, Small Non-breeding Population,
   Previous Assessments: 2002-2007 AMBER     1996-2001 AMBER  
   Races of Concern: nigricollis AMBER (Rare or Localised)
Habitat Occupancy (in the Breeding Season):
    No habitat data from BBS
European Population Size:
    Summer: 23 to 36 thousand pairs
Population Assesment from Birds in Europe
Distribution in Europe mapped by the EBCC Atlas
Listed on the Appendices/Schedules of: WCA(I)
Survey Results:

Breeding and Survival

Egg Size: 44 x 30 mm Egg Weight: 21.0 g (of which 8 % is shell)
Number of Nest Records: 1
Clutch Size: 3 - 4 eggs 3.47 ± 0.62 (1 - 6) N = 293
Incubation: 20- 22 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: No data
Juvenile Survival: No data
Age at First Breeding: Typical Lifespan: No data
Maximum Recorded Age: Too few birds ringed
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Ring Size: F*
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

Eared Grebe
Gaelic: Gobhachan-dubh Welsh: Gwyach Yddfddu
Danish: Sorthalset lappedykker Dutch: Geoorde fuut
Finnish: Mustakaulauikku French: Grèbe à cou noir
German: Schwarzhalstaucher Hungarian: Feketenyakú vöcsök
Icelandic: Stargoði Irish: Foitheach Píbdhubh
Italian: Svasso piccolo Norwegian: Svarthalsdykker
Polish: Zausznik Portuguese: Mergulhão-de-pescoço-preto
Spanish: Zampullín cuellinegro Swedish: Svarthalsad dopping

For More Information...

Books and Monographs:
   Ogilvie, M. 2003 Grebes of the world Bruce Coleman Books, Uxbridge [598.43 OGI]
   Koop, B. 2004 BWP Update 5:185-202
   Fjeldsa, J. 2005 The Grebes Oxford University Press [598.43 FJE]
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