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Little grebe
In breeding plumage
Non-breeding plumage
Scientific classification
T. ruficollis
Binomial name
Tachybaptus ruficollis
(Pallas, 1764)
Range of T. ruficollis      Breeding range     Year-round range     Wintering range

Podiceps ruficollis

ពពុះទឹក (ជាភាសាអង់គ្លេស little grebe ឬ dabchick, ពាក្យបច្ចេកទេស Tachybaptus ruficollis), is a member of the grebe family of water birds. At 23 to 29 cm (9.1 to 11 in) in length it is the smallest European member of its family. It is commonly found in open bodies of water across most of its range.


WWT London Wetland Centre, Barnes
From East Kolkata Wetlands, Bengal, India


There are nine currently-recognized subspecies of little grebe, separated principally by size and colouration.[២][៣]

  • T. r. ruficollis(Pallas, 1764): nominate, found from Europe and western Russia south to North Africa[៤]
  • T. r. iraquensis(Ticehurst, 1923): found in southeastern Iraq and southwestern Iran[៤]
  • T. r. capensis(Salvadori, 1884): found in Sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, and the Indian subcontinent, extending east to Burma[៤]
  • T. r. poggei(Reichenow, 1902): found from southeastern to northeastern Asia, Hainan, Taiwan, Japan, and south Kuril Islands[៤]
  • T. r. philippensis(Bonnaterre, 1790): found in the northern Philippines[៤]
  • T. r. cotabato(Rand, 1948): found on Mindanao[៤]

The following three subspecies are sometimes split as the tricolored grebe (Tachybaptus tricolor):[៣]

  • T. r. tricolor(Gray, GR, 1861): found from Sulawesi to New Guinea and the Lesser Sundas[៤]
  • T. r. vulcanorum(Rensch, 1929): found from Java to Timor[៤]
  • T. r. collaris(Mayr, 1945): found from northeastern New Guinea to Bougainville[៤]


Eggs, Collection Museum Wiesbaden


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  2. Ogilvie, Malcolm; Rose, Chris (2003). Grebes of the World. Bruce Coleman. ល.ស.ប.អ. 1-872842-03-8. 
  3. ៣,០ ៣,១ Gill, F.; Donsker, D., eds. (2014). "IOC World Bird List (v 4.4)". doi:10.14344/IOC.ML.4.4. {{cite web}}: |access-date= requires |url= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help)
  4. ៤,០ ៤,១ ៤,២ ៤,៣ ៤,៤ ៤,៥ ៤,៦ ៤,៧ ៤,៨ Clements, James (2007). The Clements Checklist of the Birds of the World (6 រ.រ.). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. ល.ស.ប.អ. 978-0-8014-4501-9. 

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