Little Grebe

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Scientific Name: Tachybaptus ruficollis
Malay Name: Tetimbul Kecil Biasa
Chinese Name: 小䴙䴘

Found from Africa to Europe, Central Asia, Middle East, Indian subcontinent, China, Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia

Polytypic. Subspecies are: ruficollis, albescens, iraquensis, capensis, poggei, philippensis, cotabato.

Local Subspecies: poggei

Size: 25-29 cm

Small and duck-like. Adult has bright rufous-chestnut head-sides, throat and foreneck contrasting with dark brown crown, hindneck and upperside, yellow eyes and blackish bill with prominent yellow gape-skin. Juvenile has duller plumage, pinkish-orange bill, blackish head with vertical buffish stripes on head and neck.

Habitat: Well vegetated marshes and disused quarry pools.

Behaviour/Ecology: Seldom flies when alarmed, preferring to dive underwater before resurfacing a few meters away.

Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)

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Past accepted records in our database:

BirdLife International. (2019). Tachybaptus ruficollis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.