Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) - HBW 1, p. 193
French: Grèbe huppé
Spanish: Somormujo Lavanco
Other common names: (Southern) Crested Grebe (australis)
Taxonomy: Colymbus cristatus Linnaeus, 1758, Europe; restricted to Sweden.
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- cristatus (Linnaeus, 1758) - Palearctic; winters in coastal zones, mainly in S of range.
- infuscatus Salvadori, 1884 - scattered populations in E, S & WC Africa.
- australis Gould, 1844 - SW & SE Australia, Tasmania; South I (New Zealand).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 113 videos
A close up of a bird in breeding plumage, swimming and diving Locality La Calamine, Liège Province, Belgium (ssp cristatus)
Jean Hupperetz 8 March 2003 8 years ago 12 sec 3.7
A bird swimming and diving several times. Locality Kelland Ponds, South Island, New Zealand (ssp australis)
Josep del Hoyo 25 January 2013 38 weeks ago 30 sec 3.7
A bird swimming. Locality Antwerp Province, Belgium (ssp cristatus)
Jeremiusz Trzaska 3 July 2011 2 years ago 31 sec 3.7
A pair displaying. Locality Huesca, Aragón, Spain (ssp cristatus)
Jesús Laborda 7 April 2010 3 years ago 26 sec 3.7
A couple displaying Locality Doñana National Park, Andalucia, Spain (ssp cristatus)
Juan Sanabria 28 March 2010 3 years ago 37 sec 3.7
An individual pulls out a feather, then resumes preening. Locality Stresa, Lake Maggiore, Piedmont Region, Italy (ssp cristatus)
Joe Angseesing 4 June 2008 4 years ago 31 sec 3.7
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Locality Maas-Schwalm-Nette Nature Park, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (ssp Palearctic)
MichaelP 30 March 2013 35 weeks ago 3.8
Locality Copenhagen, Capital Region, Denmark
Christian Michael Mortensen 17 July 2012 1 year ago 3.7
a bird fishing in the canal
Locality Keukenhof, Lisse, South Holland Province, Netherlands
Bruno Durand 18 April 2012 1 year ago 3.7
Two males face to face
Locality Estany d'Ivars i Vilasana, Lleida Province, Catalonia, Spain
Josep Batlle 9 August 2011 1 year ago 3.7
As far as I know it is very unusual to see this bird lying on the soil.
Locality Karaburun, Istanbul Province, Turkey (ssp cristatus)
cetin ceki 5 March 2011 2 years ago 3.7
An adult in spring
Locality Grosbois-en-Montagne, Côte-d'Or, Bourgogne, France
Pierre Boudinot 12 May 2009 31 weeks ago 3.7