Little Grebe found near Delhi Public School Tapi at Surat.
Scientific Name : Tachybaptus ruficollis
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Aves
Order : Podicipediformes
Family : Podicipedidae
Genus : Tachybaptus
Species : T. ruficollis
How do I identify this bird :
- The Little Grebe is a small, plump bird which is about 25-29 cms long.
- It has silky white underparts often with puffed up rear end.
- It has no tail.
- It has a short pointed bill.
- In breeding plumage it has rufous cheeks and neck -sides, and yellow patch at base of bill.
- In non-breeding plumage it has brownish-buff cheeks and flanks.
- Juvenile is similar to non-breeding but has brown stripes across cheeks.
- The little grebe is an excellent swimmer and diver.
- It can vanish beneath the surface very, very quickly leaving only a very small ripple behind.
- It looks like a lazy bird but it can fly strongly over long distances with its small wings. Especially when he is forced by drought to move elsewhere.
Where can you find this bird :
- You can find them near DPS Tapi in village ponds, lakes and pools created by rain.
- This bird breeds in small colonies in heavily vegetated areas of freshwater lakes.
- Most birds move to more open or coastal waters in winter.
- Outside of breeding season, it moves into more open water, occasionally even appearing on the coast in small bays.
- It goes behind fish, larvae, tadpoles, frogs , crustaceans etc., underwater and feeds on them.
- It uses the vegetation skilfully as a hiding place.
- It nests at the water’s edge, since its legs are set very far back and it cannot walk well.
- Usually four to seven eggs are laid.
- When the adult bird leaves the nest it usually takes care to cover the eggs with weeds. This makes it less likely to be detected by predators.
- The young leave the nest and can swim soon after hatching, and chicks are often carried on the backs of the swimming adults.
- It breeds during the rainy season-April-October.
Local Names :
Hindi : Dubdubi, Pandubi, Pantiri, Churaka
Bengali : Duburi, Dubdubi, Pandubi
Tamil : Tanni pullu, Mukkulippan