Little Grebe

Tachybaptus ruficollis

Little Grebe, Tachybaptus ruficollis, photo © by Michael Plagens

At Lake Elementaita, Kenya. December 2015.

From Wikipedia: The little grebe is a small water bird with a pointed bill. The adult is unmistakable in breeding plumage, predominantly dark above with rich, rufous color neck, cheeks and flanks, and bright yellow gape. The rufous is replaced by a dirty brownish grey in non-breeding and juvenile birds. The range includes much of Europe, Asia and Africa - across this range there are many variations and described subspecies.

Podicipedidae -- Grebe Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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