Podiceps nigricollis, Sund.
974.bis. :- Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, Vol. II, p. 311.
THE BLACK-NECKED GREBE."
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.