great grebe

great grebe facts

Name: Huala, Macá grande / Grat Grebe
Scientific Name: Podiceps major
Family: Podicipedidae
Order: n/a
Size: 60 to 65cm (26 to 28in)
Weight: n/a

Distribution:
From Coquimbo to Magallanes.

Residence:
Annual resident, but some portions of the population migrate north for the winter.

Habitat:
Lakes and open ponds with rushes and marshes.

Food Habits:
Insectivore, carnivore (arthropods and fish).

Reproduction:
In spring they make floating nest in the middle of reeds, and lay 3 to 6 eggs.

Observation:
There is no sexual dimorphism, and they can see in pairs. Its mournful cry is characteristic.

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