Podiceps cristatus, Lin.
974. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 821; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. V, p. 224; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind,p. 311.
THE CRESTED GREBE.
Length, 22 ; wing, 7.5 ; bill at front, 2.37; tarsus, 2. Bill brown, tip white, beneath and at the sides reddish ; irides crimson-red ; naked lores red; feet plumbeous externally, within greenish-yellow.
Head (with a double occipital crest) shining-back, which color descends along the back of the neck; lower neck above ashy-brown ; back and wings, including scapulars and middle-coverts, brown, with a blackish-green lustre; lesser wing-coverts and secondaries white; cheeks and throat fulvous-white, succeeded by a wide frieze or collar, chesnut above, shining black below; lower neck, breast and abdomen silky-white, tinged with rufous and ashy on the sides of the breast and abdomen.
The young bird has the head brown; the crest undeveloped; face and ears white, bordered with a rusty collar and a much smaller bill.
The Crested Grebe is a not uncommon cold weather visitant to the Kurrachee Coast, and has been obtained on some of the larger tanks in Guzerat.