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Little Grebe

(engl: Little Grebe)

Get ready to dive

They are part of the grebes family. Their toes are widened by webbing. That's why grebes are agile and can move extremely fast in the water . The gifted divers usually forage for food underwater. In imminent danger, they attempt to escape by diving.

Eggs on board

On the water's edge, the Little Grebe builds a free-swimming nest out of plant material. This is reminiscent of a small raft and is usually anchored on riverbank vegetation. The gradually decomposing nest material turns the white eggs a brownish camouflage colour.

Verbreitungsgebiet: Zwergtaucher
Verbreitungsgebiet: Zwergtaucher
Wissenschaftl. Name Tachybaptus ruficollis
Ordnung Podicipediformes
Familie Podicipedidae
Größe 25–29 cm
Gewicht bis 230 g
Fortpflanzung 2-7 Eier, Brutdauer 20-25 Tage
Verbreitung Europe, Africa, Asia
Lebensraum waters
Nahrung aquatic plant , Wassertiere, kleine Fische
Bestand secured
Lebensdauer ca. 10 Jahre