PORT PHILLIP BAY


Australasian Grebe 

Tachybaptus novaehollandiae

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Podicipediformes
Family:
Podicipedidae
Genus:
Tachybaptus
Species:
novaehollandiae

General Description

Upperparts dark brown, underparts white. Eyes yellow with a cream spot underneath. When breeding: head black and neck red-brown, and spot under eye is yellow. Body up to 28 cm long.

Biology

Australasian Grebes form small flocks during the non-breeding season. They dive underwater when alarmed.

Habitat

Freshwater wetlands and dams.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Australia.

Species Group

Birds Grebes

Max Size

28 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Australasian Grebe, Tachybaptus novaehollandiae, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 25 Mar 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7871

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