Grebes (Podicipedidae)

Silvery Grebe (Podiceps occipitalis) - HBW 1, p. 194

French: Grèbe aux belles joues German: Inkataucher Spanish: Zampullín Blanquillo
Other common names: Crested/Silver Grebe; Junin Grebe (juninensis)

Taxonomy: Podiceps occipitalis Garnot, 1826, Falkland Islands.
Sometimes placed in genus Dytes. May form superspecies with P. nigricollis, P. andinus and P. taczanowskii, although race juninensis sympatric with P. taczanowskii. Hybridization with P. gallardoi recorded. Race juninensis may be distinct species, given morphological and ethological differences. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • juninensis Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1894 - C Andes of Colombia to N Chile, NW Argentina.
  • occipitalis Garnot, 1826 - C & S Chile, C & S Argentina, Falkland Is; winters in N of range.