|Great Grebe (Podiceps major)
| The Great Grebe is distributed in southern South America with a disjunct population in north-west Peru. It is found on areas of open water such as lakes as well as marshes. Outside the breeding season it is found on the coast and occasionally on the open sea.
It feeds by diving in open water mainly to catch small fish.
|It is very large for a grebe. The dark head contrasting with the reddish neck is distinctive. Photo 1 shows an adult in breeding plumage while photo 2 show the non-breeding plumage with reduced red on the neck, white on the breast and a yellowish bill. Both these photos were taken on the same day, 31st August 2004 at Taim, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, so some birds were in breeding plumage ahead of others at that date.|
|Photos 3, 4, 5 and 6 show adults in breeding plumage but with a blacker head. These belong to the race P. m. navasi found in the south of Chile and were taken on Lago Villarica (in pouring rain). Photo 7 shows a non-breeding adult of the nominate race from Concon in central Chile.|