Tachybaptus Ruficollis, female marginally smaller. Chestnut throat, cheeks and foreneck separates from oter Tachybaptus. Iris red-brown, yellow in E Asia. Non-breeding adult paler, especially on throat and foreneck, which lackchestnut, Juvenile similar to non-breeding adult, but head striped black and whitish. Races separated mainly on size, amount of white in secondaries; also slight differences in coloration.

Little Grebeis a widespread breeder across much of western and central Europe, which accounts for less than a quarter of its global breeding range. Its European breeding population is relatively large (99,000 pairs), and was stable between 1970-1990. Although there were declines in a few countries notably the sizeable Turkish population during 1990-2000, populations in the vast majority of its European range were stable or increased, and the species remained stable overall.

Wide range of wetlands normally small and shallow, including small lakes, ponds, canals. Sheltered bays, vegetated shores of larger lakes and reservoirs. Outside breeding season, occurs on more open waters, rarely on coast, also in estuaries protected from large waves.

Breeding season very variable, depending on growth of emergent vegetation and water level. The nest is floating platform of aquatic plants anchored to submerged vegetation.The female usually lays 4 eggs, and both parents share in the incubation.

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