Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) - HBW 1, p. 190
French: Grèbe dominicain
Spanish: Zampullín Macacito
Other common names: American/Least Dabchick
Taxonomy: Colymbus dominicus Linnaeus, 1766, Dominica = Santo Domingo.
Sometimes included in Podiceps, less often in Poliocephalus. Alternatively separated in monospecific genus Limnodytes. Subspecies brachyrhynchus synonymous with speciosus; birds from W Ecuador sometimes placed in separate race eisenmanni. Four subspecies normally recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- dominicus (Linnaeus, 1766) - N Caribbean, from Cozumel I (off SE Mexico) to Virgin Is and N to Bahamas.
- brachypterus (Chapman, 1899) - WC Mexico and S Texas S to Panama.
- bangsi (van Rossem & Hachisuka, 1937) - S Baja California.
- speciosus (Lynch Arribálzaga, 1877) - S America, S to N Argentina and S Brazil.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 23 videos
A bird bathing and its mate bringing material to the nest Locality Country Club, Cozumel Island, Quintana Roo State, Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico (Southern) (ssp dominicus)
Josep del Hoyo 22 September 2006 6 years ago 39 sec 4.8
Birds in the water Locality Guapi Açu Ecological Reserve (REGUA), Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil
Juan Sanabria 1 November 2011 1 year ago 24 sec 4.6
Different views of a group of birds resting in the water Locality Boa Nova, Bahia State, Brazil (ssp speciosus)
Josep del Hoyo 18 January 2005 6 years ago 42 sec 4.4
One bird swimming, joined by another Locality Guapi Açu Ecological Reserve (REGUA), Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil
Juan Sanabria 1 November 2011 2 years ago 32 sec 4.2
Two birds swimming and diving repeatedly Locality Santa Cruz Botanical Garden, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Santa Cruz Department, Bolivia (ssp speciosus)
Josep del Hoyo 12 August 2005 7 years ago 36 sec 4.2
Two birds in non-breeding plumage swimming near floating vegetation Locality Curitiba, Paraná State, Brazil (ssp speciosus)
Josep del Hoyo 16 May 2005 7 years ago 46 sec 4
PhotosSee all 38 photos
Adult bird on the water, alert.
Locality Cocha Cashu Biological Station, Manu National Park, Manu Biosphere Reserve, Madre de Dios Department, Peru (ssp speciosus)
Joe Tobias 24 November 2004 2 years ago 4.5
An adult on a pond.
Locality Morazán, Pérez Zeledón, San José Province, Costa Rica (ssp brachypterus)
manuel retana 25 July 2011 2 years ago 4.1
swimming in the pond
Locality Laguna Doña Ana Park, Paraíso, Cartago Province, Costa Rica
Róger Rodríguez 22 November 2013 12 weeks ago 4
One of three grebes spotted, The Least Grebe was swimming on a pond located in the Sinu delta
Locality Córdoba Department, Colombia
Carlos Ruiz.- Guerra 11 December 2013 12 weeks ago 4
many individuals swimming
Locality Monte Rosa, Chinandega Department, Nicaragua
Orlando Jarquín G. 29 September 2012 1 year ago 4
An adult on a nest
Locality Yacambú National Park, Lara State, Venezuela (ssp speciosus)
Gustavo A. Rodríguez 20 May 2012 1 year ago 4