Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus

A most beautiful and elegant waterbird with ornate head plumes. It has a magnificent courtship display.

Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus

Photos: October 2011. Sandwell Valley Nature Reserve, West Midlands. © Peter Hillman.

The nest is constructed from a pile of weed on the water anchored to vegetation, and between February and June the female will lay three to four eggs in one brood. To feed it dives beneath the surface of the water for long periods, searching for fish and large invertebrates.

Seen throughout the year on large lakes, reservoirs, and large rivers. Also seen along the coast in winter.

Common and widespread throughout lowland Britain.

Class Aves (Birds)
Order Podicipediformes
Family Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Species Podiceps cristatus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Length 46-51 cm.
Wingspan 85-90 cm.
Lifespan 10-15 years.