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 31 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 9 years ago 39 sec 4.8
Least Grebe couple making a nest. Locality Monte Alegre do Sul, São Paulo State, Brazil (ssp speciosus)
Thomaz Tozzi B. Raso 18 December 2015 27 weeks ago 41 sec 4.7
Birds in the water Locality Guapi Açu Ecological Reserve (REGUA), Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil
Juan Sanabria 1 November 2011 4 years 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 8 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 4 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 10 years ago 36 sec 4.2
PhotosSee all 52 photos
Individuo en la laguna
Locality Maldonado Department, Uruguay
Santiago Carvalho 34 weeks ago 4.3
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 4 years ago 4.3
An adult on a nest
Locality Yacambú National Park, Lara State, Venezuela (ssp speciosus)
Gustavo A. Rodríguez 20 May 2012 4 years ago 4.2
An adult on a pond.
Locality Morazán, Pérez Zeledón, San José Province, Costa Rica (ssp brachypterus)
manuel retana 25 July 2011 4 years ago 4.1
A side view of a Least Grebe.
Locality Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA (United States)
Hal and Kirsten Snyder 11 April 2016 5 weeks ago 4
A pair swiming
Locality Nirgua, Yaracuy State, Venezuela
Margareta Wieser 1 May 2016 8 weeks ago 4