Great Crested Grebe

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 14 November 2010
Scientific Name
Podiceps cristatus
  • Podicipediformes
  • Podicipedidae
  • Podiceps
  • P. cristatus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
18 to 20 inches
23 to 29 inches


International Names

Czech (Cesky) potápka roháč
Danish (Dansk) Toppet Lappedykker
Dutch (Nederlands) Fuut
Finnish (Suomi) silkkiuikku
French (Français) Grèbe huppé
German (Deutsch) Haubentaucher
Italian (Italiano) Svasso maggiore
Japanese (日本語) カンムリカイツブリ (kammurikaitsuburi)
Korean (한국어) 뿔논병아리
Norwegian (Norsk) Toppdykker
Polish (Polski) perkoz dwuczuby
Russian (русский язык) Чомга
Spanish (Español) Somormujo Lavanco
Swedish (Svenska) Skäggdopping
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