|Australasian Grebe Tachybaptus novaehollandiae
The Australasian Grebe is distributed in Australia including Tasmania, New Zealand, New Guinea and nearby islands. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in a variety of water bodies but needs a shore with vegetation when breeding.
|It is similar to Little Grebe T. ruficollis but has less
extensive chestnut on the neck and orange-yellow iris.
It breeds in eastern, southern and south-western Australia but migrates to the north and water bodies in the interior when not breeding.
|Photos 1 and 2 show birds in breeding plumage while photos 3 and 4 are of birds in non-breeding plumage.
Non-breeding plumage is quite similar to that of Hoary-headed Grebe Poliocephalus
The voice is a short trill.
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