Slavonian Grebe - Podiceps auritus

    Description

    In summer plumage the long orange head plumes, reddish flanks, and white in the wing distinguish the Slavonian from the smaller, dumpier Little Grebe. A Black-necked Grebe would have a completely black neck and obviously up-tilted bill. In winter plumage, the white neck and cheeks would eliminate Little Grebe and the neat contrast between the clean white cheeks and the dark crown would, along with the bill shape, rule out Black-necked Grebe.

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    Habitat

    Breeds on vegetated lochs and lakes. Winters on estuaries, coasts and also on inland water bodies

    When to see it

    They arrive back at their breeding sites in Scotland in March and April, leaving again in late summer. Found at winter sites between October and March.

    UK Status

    Around 40 breeding pairs and 1,000 birds overwintering

    VC55 Status

    Scarce winter and passage visitor

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