No.062 LittleGrebe Tachybaptus ruficollis


Rank : 2
Smallest grebe in Japan . The bird makes its habitat at stagnation of stream or in a pond. Can be found in the Asakawa River throughout the year. The only species of Podicipedidae family who breeds in Asakawa River basin, Little Grebefs juvenile with its striped face and neck is sometimes seen in the basin. Often makes its diving, and bobs up at an unexpected distance. Male and Female look alike, and Adultfs chestnut cheek and neck is conspicuous during summer plumage. Often located by a loud whinning trill "Kirik- Kirik-Kirik."

Little Grebe (Adult ,Summer plumage)

Little Grebe (Adult ,Winter plumage)

Little Grebe (Juvenile)

Little Grebe (Parent & Chick)