Grebes (Podicipedidae)

Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae) - HBW 1, p. 189

French: Grèbe australasien German: Australischer Zwergtaucher Spanish: Zampullín Australiano
Other common names: Austral(as)ian (Little)/Black-throated Grebe, Dabchick

Taxonomy: Podiceps novae Hollandiae Stephens, 1826, New South Wales.
Formerly included in Podiceps. Forms superspecies with T. ruficollis and T. rufolavatus. Recently considered race of former, but breeding overlap in N New Guinea with no hybridization recorded. Validity of subspecies timorensis doubtful. Seven subspecies normally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • novaehollandiae (Stephens, 1826) - Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, S New Guinea.
  • leucosternos (Mayr, 1931) - Vanuatu and New Caledonia.
  • rennellianus (Mayr, 1931) - Rennell I (Solomon Is).

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  • novaehollandiae (Stephens, 1826) - Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, S New Guinea.
  • leucosternos (Mayr, 1931) - Vanuatu and New Caledonia.
  • rennellianus (Mayr, 1931) - Rennell I (Solomon Is).
  • javanicus (Mayr, 1943) - Java.
  • timorensis (Mayr, 1943) - Timor.
  • fumosus (Mayr, 1943) - Sangir and Talaud Is (off NE Sulawesi).
  • incola (Mayr, 1943) - N New Guinea.