Grebes (Podicipedidae)

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) - HBW 1, p. 193

French: Grèbe esclavon German: Ohrentaucher Spanish: Zampullín Cuellirrojo
Other common names: Slavonian Grebe

Taxonomy: Colymbus auritus Linnaeus, 1758, Europe and America; restricted to Vaasa, Finland.
Sometimes placed in genus Dytes, although actually closer to P. grisegena and P. cristatus than to other Podiceps. Subspecific differences slight and partly clinal; species sometimes considered monotypic. Two subspecies normally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • auritus (Linnaeus, 1758) - Palearctic, from Iceland and Baltic to Kamchatka; winters from North Sea to Caspian and off Japan and China.
  • cornutus (Gmelin, 1789) - C Alaska to NW & NC USA; winters S to California and Texas.

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