PORT PHILLIP BAY


Hoary-headed Grebe 

Poliocephalus poliocephalus

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Podicipediformes
Family:
Podicipedidae
Genus:
Poliocephalus
Species:
poliocephalus

General Description

Upper body pale brown, underparts white, eye white. When breeding: head black with narrow white stripes. Body up to 28 cm long.

Biology

Hoary-headed Grebes form pairs and nest in colonies on aquatic vegetation.

Habitat

Brackish or salt water 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, Hoary-headed Grebe, Poliocephalus poliocephalus, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 19 Oct 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7951

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