Slavonian Grebe

Podiceps auritus


Grebes are diving waterbirds, feeding on small fish and aquatic invertebrates. The Slavonian Grebe is one of Britain's rarest nesting birds. It is about the same size as a Moorhen.

How to identify

Easily identified in its breeding plumage by the combination of its golden ear 'horns', black cheeks and red neck and flanks. Winter plumage is dark above and white below, very similar to other grebes.

Where to find it

A very rare nesting bird on a few lochs in Scotland. Can be seen on the sea around most coasts in the winter and also turns up on lakes and reservoirs.


When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

The Slavonian Grebe is a very rare nesting bird in Britain. The survival of this and other waterbirds is threatened by the loss and degradation of many of our wetland habitats. The Wildlife Trusts manage many wetland nature reserves for the benefit of the wildlife they support. You can help by supporting your local Trust and becoming a member; you'll find out about exciting wildlife happenings, events on your doorstep and volunteering opportunities, and be helping local wildlife along the way.

Species information

Common name
Slavonian Grebe
Latin name
Podiceps auritus
Grebes and divers
Length: 31-36cm Weight: 410g
Conservation status
Classified in the UK as an Amber List species under the Birds of Conservation Concern review.