Australasian Grebe (species: Tachybaptus novaehollandiae) in Tarkine Wilderness (Gaia Guide)
Tachybaptus novaehollandiae
Australasian Grebe

©Leo: Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae) in breeding plumage

©Leo: Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae) in breeding plumage

©Grahame: Adult Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae) with juvenile in the foreground
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Podicipediformes
Family Podicipedidae
Genus Tachybaptus
Species Tachybaptus novaehollandiae
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

In breeding plumage, both sexes are dark brown above with a glossy-black head and neck and a striking chestnut facial stripe, extending from behind the eye to the base of the neck. The eye is yellow, with a prominent pale yellow face spot below.

In non-breeding plumage, both sexes are generally duller, with no chestnut stripe, the face spot whiter, and throat and front grey-white.


  • From 25 cm to 27 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources