Red-necked Grebe

Podiceps grisegena

(P. g. grisegena)

Armenian Name: Մոխրաայտ սուզակ
Species Status: Threatened Species - Species of Special Concern
Red-necked Grebe

See Plate 1 for Red-necked Grebe and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:40-50 cm, Wing Span:77-85 cm
Distribution Map: Map 5.
Description: Long pointed bill is dark overall with a yellow base.
Adult (Breeding): Black crown, grayish-white cheeks, brown-red throat.
Adult (Non-breeding): Gray overall with whitish cheeks.
Similar Species: Differs from Great Crested Grebe by smaller size, darker throat, and bill color.
Behavior: Breeds in ponds with extensive emergent vegetation; gives a piercing scream during the breeding season.
Habitat: Lakes, reservoirs, marshes, fish ponds.
Food: Aquatic invertebrates, small fish, vegetation.
Nest: Floating platform in emergent vegetation.
Eggs: 51 mm, 4-5, chalky white.