The Little grebe Bird, also known as dabchick, is a member of the grebe family of water birds. The genus name is from Ancient Greek takhus “fast” and bapto “to sink under”.
Little grebe Bird Facts:
Size: 58-72 cm
Voice: Shrill trilling notes. Occasional click
Range: Subcontinent, up to 2000min Kashmir Resident in most areas
Habitat: Reasonably large waterbodies in lowlands, with plenty of vegetation
Very Little grebe Bird, with short neck; short, straight beak; plump, rounded body. Black head, nape, breast and back; dark reddish-brown cheeks, Rusty throat and neck; dark brown flanks. Diagnostic small yellow patch at base of pale-tipped, black usually beak. Dark green legs; reddish-brown iris. Juvenile paler than adult, with dark cap, nape and back; yellowish-brown cheeks, neck sides and flanks, Little grebe Bird and reddish-brown lower neck and chest. Feeds on small fish, insects, crustaceans, shellfish and molluscs by diving or dabbling. Hard to spot as mostly concealed in vegetation. Floating nest built near shoreline, attached to aquatic plants or branches of waterside bushes, territorial, solitary nester. Performs a variety of elaborate courtship display.
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