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About the Great Crested Grebe

Also known as: Southern Crested Grebe, Tippet Grebe

The Great Crested Grebe is a species of grebe that lives across Europe and Asia. Some populations are migratory, leaving freshwater breeding grounds in the north for warmer climes during the winter.

Great Crested Grebes are the largest species of grebe found in Europe. Adults in breeding plumage are striking, with white faces and contrasting feathers at the back of the head. Feathers at the top of the head form the namesake crest.

Great Crested Grebes are skilled swimmers and divers. They feed on fish that they hunt underwater. Chicks can swim almost at hatching and learn diving skills from their parents.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 14 November 2010
Scientific Name Podiceps cristatus
  • Podicipediformes
  • Podicipedidae
  • Podiceps
  • P. cristatus
Birdorable Family Loons & Grebes
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
18 to 20 inches
23 to 29 inches
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia Southeast Asia South Asia North Africa West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa Australia and New Zealand Oceania

International Names

  • potápka roháč (Czech)
  • Toppet Lappedykker (Danish)
  • Fuut (Dutch)
  • silkkiuikku (Finnish)
  • Grèbe huppé (French)
  • Haubentaucher (German)
  • Svasso maggiore (Italian)
  • カンムリカイツブリ (kammurikaitsuburi) (Japanese)
  • 뿔논병아리 (Korean)
  • Toppdykker (Norwegian)
  • perkoz dwuczuby (Polish)
  • Чомга (Russian)
  • Somormujo Lavanco (Spanish)
  • Skäggdopping (Swedish)

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