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Black-necked grebe


28-34 centimeters
56-60 centimeters wingspan

color (adults):

summer - black head and back, red-brown wings, golden fanning ear plumes


fish, insects, larvae


disruption by man; fluctuating water levels; introduction of predator fish

Dutch status:

scarse nesting bird; winter guest


winter: along the coast
summer: inland in lakes and fens


3-4 eggs

life span:

unknown (maximum known age: + 7 years)

  • Dut: Geoorde Fuut
  • Eng: Black-necked Grebe
  • Fre: Grèbe à cou noir
  • Ger: Schwarzhalstaucher
  • Dan: Sorthalset Lappedykker
  • Nor: Svarthalsdykker
  • Fries: Swartnekdüker
  • Ital: Svasso piccolo
  • Lat: Podiceps nigricollis
Black-necked Grebe, Foto Fitis,

Black-necked grebe

Black-necked grebes have golden-colored ear plumes and a black neck. You can find them from August till early spring in the Wadden Sea and delta region. Afterwards, they depart for lakes and fens lying more inland where they nest. They build floating nests. This means that the chicks are born on the water and can swim just after birth. Nevertheless, the parents carry them on their back in the beginning. The fluffy feathers are not yet capable of keeping them warm enough in the cold water.

  • Distribution and habitat
    Black-necked grebe, foto fitis, adriaan dijksen

    Black-necked grebes are found throughout the world, with the exception of Australia and Antarctica. In Europe, they live mostly in eastern Europe. You can spot them in the Netherlands in the winter and summer.

  • Protection
    • Monitoring: Network Ecological Monitoring
    • Policy: Target Species List
    • National legislation: Flora and Fauna Regulation
    • European Agreement: Bird Directive
    • International: Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), Bern Convention