Grebes belong to the family Podicipedidae of order Podicipediformes. Podicipedidae is the only family under this order and it consists of six extant genera. Of the 22 species of these birds only five species occur in India. They are freshwater diving birds. During migration these birds may visit sea. They are excellent divers and swimmers. When threatened these birds try to escape by diving rather than flying. Two American species are flightless.
These birds feed on fish, crustaceans, molluscs and insects. Their feet are large and have broad lobes on the toes. The front three toes connected by web. They have dense waterproof plumage. They can swim on the water with just the neck and head exposed.
|List of Indian Grebes - Family: Podicipedidae|
|Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus)|
|Red-necked grebe (Podiceps grisegena)|
|Horned grebe (Podiceps auritus)|
|Black-necked grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)|
|Little grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)|
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