Podiceps nigricollis

Podiceps nigricollis, Sund.

974.bis. :- Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, Vol. II, p. 311.


Length, 12 to 13; expanse, 22.5 to 24.5 ; wing, 5.2 to 5.6 ; tarsus, 2.9 to 3.2; bill at gape, 3.6 to 4.

Bill black; irides vermilion; legs and feet greenish-plumbeous, blackish exteriorly.

Male : Whole of the top of the head, together with the rest of the upper part, the chin, throat, and neck all round, blackish-brown, very glossy on the head; back and wings duller and browner on the neck all round ; the chin and throat almost quite black, but a good deal speckled with white; this white speckling extending as a stripe at the sides of the neck behind the ear-coverts; two short thick tufts on either side of the occiput, which, though scarcely noticeable in the dried skin, are erected at pleasure in the live bird ; behind the eye for about l-4 inches a broad streak of orange and reddish-yellow silky glistening feathers; the inner web of the sixth primary, and almost the whole of the subsequent primaries and secondaries, pure white; tertiaries and wing-coverts unicolorous with the back ; the whole breast, abdomen and vent, satin-white, a little tinged with greyish-brown about the vent; tail unicolorous with the back, and on either side of it, and of the tail-coverts a good deal of white appears ; sides and flanks mottled with blackish-brown, with traces of a rufous or orange striation.

In full breeding plumage the sides and flanks are very strongly streaked with orange-red, and the parts indicated as speckled with white are entirely black; in the winter plumage the colors are duller, and the front of the neck is an earthy-brown ; and the whole of those portions indicated as speckled with white are pure white ; the orange-red tuft behind the eye is entirely wanting. :- Stray Feathers, Vol. I, p. 267.

The Black-necked Grebe is common about the Sind and Mekran Coasts. It has not been recorded from elsewhere within our limits.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Podiceps nigricollis
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Barnes, H. Edwin
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Common name: 
Black-necked Grebe"
Black-necked Grebe
Podiceps nigricollis

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