Great Grebe Facts

  • Name:
    Huala, Macá Grande / Great Grebe
  • Scientific name:
    Podiceps major
  • Family:
    Podicipedidae
  • Size:
    60 to 65 cms (26 to 28 in)
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Great Grebe

Distribution:

From Coquimbo to Magallanes

Residence:

annual resident, but some portions of the population migrate north for the winter

Habitats:

lakes and open ponds with rushes and marshes

Food habits:

Insectivore, carnivore (anthropods and fish)

Reproduction:

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

Observations:

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

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