Little grebe

This cute and small bird is one of the most elite hunters below the water’s surface

JJ Harrison

The Little Grebe is the smallest member of its family found in Europe.

It has a sophisticated hunting system below the water’s surface. The whole morphology of this species permits swift underwater mobility, making it an excellent diver and swimmer. Its distribution is extraordinarily broad, including much of Africa, most of Asia, and New Guinea.

In vegetated parts of freshwater lakes, it reproduces alone. The nest is a floating platform fastened to the water’s flora.

It eats mainly insects and insect larvae, although it also consumes tiny amphibians, crabs, mollusks, and fish obtained by diving and swimming.
Outside the mating season, it may be seen more commonly in wide waters than on beaches or sheltered estuaries.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Afghanistan
2016
Albania
2016
Algeria
2016
Angola
2016
Armenia
2016
Australia
2016
Vagrant
Austria
2016
Azerbaijan
2016
Bahrain
2016
Bangladesh
2016
Belarus
2016
Belgium
2016
Benin
2016
Bhutan
2016
Bosnia And Herz.
2016
Botswana
2016
Brunei
2016
Bulgaria
2016
Burkina Faso
2016
Burundi
2016
Cambodia
2016
Cameroon
2016
Central Af. Rep.
2016
Chad
2016
China
2016
Comoros
2016
Congo-Brazzaville
2016
Croatia
2016
Cyprus
2016
Czechia
2016
Côte D’ivoire
2016
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2016
Denmark
2016
Djibouti
2016
East Timor
2016
Egypt
2016
Equatorial Guinea
2016
Eritrea
2016
Estonia
2016
Eswatini
2016
Ethiopia
2016
Faroe Islands
2016
Vagrant
Finland
2016
France
2016
Gabon
2016
Gambia
2016
Georgia
2016
Breeding
Germany
2016
Ghana
2016
Gibraltar
2016
Vagrant
Greece
2016
Guinea
2016
Hong Kong
2016
Breeding
Hungary
2016
India
2016
Indonesia
2016
Iran
2016
Iraq
2016
Ireland
2016
Israel
2016
Breeding
Italy
2016
Japan
2016
Jordan
2016
Non-Breeding
Kazakhstan
2016
Breeding
Kenya
2016
Korea
2016
Kuwait
2016
Kyrgyzstan
2016
Breeding
Laos
2016
Latvia
2016
Lebanon
2016
Lesotho
2016
Liberia
2016
Libya
2016
Liechtenstein
2016
Lithuania
2016
Luxembourg
2016
Macao
2016
Seasonality Uncertain
Madagascar
2016
Malawi
2016
Malaysia
2016
Mali
2016
Malta
2016
Mauritania
2016
Mayotte
2016
Moldova
2016
Monaco
2016
Mongolia
2016
Vagrant
Montenegro
2016
Morocco
2016
Mozambique
2016
Myanmar
2016
Namibia
2016
Nepal
2016
Netherlands
2016
Niger
2016
Nigeria
2016
North Korea
2016
Breeding
North Macedonia
2016
Norway
2016
Oman
2016
Pakistan
2016
Papua New Guinea
2016
Breeding
Philippines
2016
Poland
2016
Portugal
2016
Qatar
2016
Romania
2016
Russia
2016
Breeding: European Russia
Rwanda
2016
San Marino
2016
Saudi Arabia
2016
Senegal
2016
Breeding
Serbia
2016
Sierra Leone
2016
Singapore
2016
Breeding
Slovakia
2016
Slovenia
2016
Somalia
2016
South Africa
2016
Breeding
South Sudan
2016
Spain
2016
Vagrant: Canary Is.
Sri Lanka
2016
Sudan
2016
Sweden
2016
Switzerland
2016
Syria
2016
Taiwan
2016
Tajikistan
2016
Breeding
Tanzania
2016
Thailand
2016
Togo
2016
Tunisia
2016
Turkey
2016
Turkmenistan
2016
Breeding
UAE
2016
Uganda
2016
Ukraine
2016
United Kingdom
2016
Uzbekistan
2016
Breeding
Vietnam
2016
Yemen
2016
Zambia
2016
Zimbabwe
2016

Anything we've missed?

Help us improve this page by suggesting edits. Glory never dies!

Suggest an edit

Get to know me

Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No