1214. Podicipes auritus

1214. Sclavonian Grebe.
PODICIPES AURITUS.
Podicipes auritus (Linn.), Syst. Nat. p. 222 (1766) ; Gould, B. of Gt. Brit. v. pl. 40 ; Dresser, viii. p. 645, pl. 631 ; Tacz. F. O. Sib. O. p. 1256 ; Ogilvie Grant. Cat. B. Br. Mus. p. 527 ; Ridgway, p. 5 ; Saunders, p. 721 ; Lilford, vi. p. 115, pl. 50 ; P. cornutus, Gmel. Syst. Nat. i. p. 591 (1788) ; Naum. ix. p. 739, pl. 244 ; Hewitson, ii. p. 444, pl. cxxi. fig. 3 ; Gould, B. of E. v, pl. 390 ; David and Oust. Ois. Chine, p. 513 ; Seebohm, B. Jap. Emp. p. 367.
Grebe cornu, French ; Somorerujo, Span. ; Svasso forestiero, Ital. ; Gehornter Lappentaucher, German ; Kuifduiker, Dutch ; Sefond, Flor-godi, Icel. ; Hornet-Lappedykker, Dan. ; Sortkravet-Toplom, Norweg. ; Svarthake-Dopping, Swed. ; Mustakulkku-uikku, Finn.
Male ad. (Greenland). Crown and forehead black ; lores and a broad band of feathers passing through the eye, forming an elongated tuft on each side of the head ochreous chestnut ; chin and ruff brownish black ; upper parts brownish black tinged with grey ; short secondaries chiefly white ; neck in front rich chestnut-red ; flanks dull chestnut ; rest of under parts silvery white ; bill dark horn ; the base and tip pink ; legs dull greyish black ; a narrow ring encircling the pupil of the eye white, the outer ring crimson. Culmen 1.1, wing 5.7, tarsus 1.8 inch. Female similar but duller, with the ruff less developed. In winter the crown, hind neck, and upper parts are deep sooty brown, some of the dorsal feathers edged with slaty-grey ; chin, sides of head, throat, and under parts silvery grey, the flanks tinged with brownish grey.
Hab. Europe, north to Southern Greenland and Iceland, south in winter to the Mediterranean and Caspian ; in Asia, north to Dauria and the Commander Islands, south and east to Japan and China (rarely) ; North America from the fur countries to the United States.
In habits it resembles its larger allies, but is more active, and not so clumsy on land, as it can walk, and even run, with tolerable ease. Its nest is a mere collection of herbage, usually floating on the water, and its 2 to 4 eggs, which are usually deposited in May, are yellowish white with a faint bluish tinge, dull and chalky in texture of shell, and measure about 1.75 by 1.23.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
1214. Podicipes auritus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
1214
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
879
Common name: 
Sclavonian Grebe
M_ID: 
2006
M_CN: 
Horned Grebe
M_SN: 
Podiceps auritus
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
10764

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