The Great crested grebe Bird is a member of the grebe family of water birds noted for its elaborate mating display. The scientific name comes from Latin.
Great crested grebe Bird Facts:
Size: 46-51 cm
Voice: Call includes loud, guttural croaks when breeding
Range: Scarce breeder in N mountain and Gujarat. Winter visitor to N lowlands
Habitat: Large, deep open bodies of freshwater, rivers, lagoons, lakes, swamps, reservoirs, saltfields, estuaries and bays
Medium to large-sized, graceful bird with long neck, long bill and distinctive black double crest. Black crown; white face black line from base of bill to eye; dark brown wings with prominent white patches: satiny-white underparts: dark olive-green feet prominent in flight. Breeding adult of both sexes has reddish-orange head plumes, tipped black Sexes similar, but female slightly smaller than male. Juvenile can be distinguished by blackish stripes on cheeks. Both male and female take part i elaborate courtship display. Dives for fish, insects and invertebrate larvae, chasing prey underwater by propelling feet.