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Hoary-headed Grebe

(Poliocephalus poliocephalus)
Alternate name(s): "Tom Pudding", "Dabchick*"
Aboriginal name(s): "wyooda", "booradjin" (WA)

Size: 29-30 cm
Weight: 175-305 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Hoary-headed Grebe at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

BREEDING

Lateral view of a pair of Hoary-headed Grebes in breeding plumage; on the bird to the right one can see very clearly the diagnostic dark nape streak (Pizzey & Knight), which distinguishes this species, especially when seen while in non-breeding plumage, from Australasian Grebes in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Dangar's Lagoon, Uralla, NSW, February 2013]

Lateral view of a Hoary-headed Grebe in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay South, East Gippsland, VIC, May 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a Hoary-headed Grebe in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay South, East Gippsland, VIC, May 2016]

Dorsal view of Hoary-headed Grebes in breeding plumage
[Yarrie Lake, near Wee Waa, NSW, July 2016]

NON-BREEDING

Hoary-headed Grebes in both breeding and non-breeding plumage
[Burren Junction, NSW, December 2014]

Close-up frontal view of a Hoary-headed Grebe in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of I. Duncan)
[Glen Iris wetlands, Melbourne, VIC, May 2013]

Lateral view of a Hoary-headed Grebe in non-breeding plumage, with its crown puffed up (photo courtesy of I. Duncan)
[Glen Iris wetlands, Melbourne, VIC, May 2013]

Lateral view of a Hoary-headed Grebe in non-breeding plumage, with a slick crown; the bird's large bill may indicate that it is a male (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Centennial Park, Sydney, NSW, May 2013]

Dorsal view of a Hoary-headed Grebe in non-breeding plumage, with a clear view onto the characteristic dark nape streak (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Centennial Park, Sydney, NSW, May 2013]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Without any grey feathers visible around the eye, this Hoary-headed Grebe may still be in sub-adult plumage
[Burren Junction, NSW, January 2016]

Food, Diet

Hoary-headed Grebes usually dive to catch their prey, such as small aquatic creatures, including crustaceans but also insects.

Hoary-headed Grebe chasing Gerridae water bugs; it was observed not skimming the water surface, but snapping at individual insects at speed
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, June 2015]

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