Red-necked Grebe - Podiceps grisegena


Like all grebes it is an expert swimmer and diver. In winter plumage it is similar to a Great Crested Grebe but has a thicker neck, and a stout dark bill with a yellow base. It has a brown body, a black crown with whitish cheeks and, in summer, a red neck and breast.

Identification difficulty

The best place to see them is from sea watching points around the east coast of the UK in winter. Summering birds are mainly found in the south and east of England.

When to see it


Life History

Feeds on fish, crustaceans and aquatic insects.

UK Status

Breeding has been suspected in the UK but the potential sites are kept secret and birds given special protection to protect them. Fewer than 20 individuals spend the summer in the UK each year, with numbers increasing slightly in the winter when birds move here from colder Europe.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map

Species profile

Common names
Red-necked Grebe
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
07/05/2004 (Chris Lythall)
Last record:
03/01/2021 (Charity, Kenneth)

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