Silvery Grebe (Podiceps occipitalis)

Order: Podicipediformes | Family: Podicipedidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Conococha, Ancash

silvery grebe
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Humedales de Puerto Viejo.

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Lake Junin, Junin

Age: Adult, P. o. occipitalis | Sex: Unknown | Loc. La Cadellada, Chile

Identification & Behavior: ~28 cm (11 in).  The Silvery Grebe is mostly gray with white throat, neck, and breast. The underparts are whitish. It has a bright red iris. It is very similar to the Junin Grebe, but is distinguished by a slightly smaller size, a shorter, thinner, and black bill (bluish gray in Junin Grebe). Both grebes occur together only in Lake Junin.

Status: The Silvery Grebe is widespread in the high Andes where is it is generally uncommon. Not known to occur in coastal western lowlands. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Bo, and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Zambullidor Plateado.

Sub-species: Silvery Grebe (Podiceps occipitalis juninensis), von Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1894.
(Podiceps occipitalis occipitales), Garnot, 1826.

Meaning of Name:  Podiceps: L. podex, podicis= anus; and pes = foot. occipitalis: occi: back of the head, occipital area. In reference to the fact that grebes have their feet set so far back near the tail and the dark area in the nape of a silvery grebe.

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Distribution Map
Silvery Grebe - Podiceps occipitalisVoice


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo), The Field Museum. on 10/18/2014.