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Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena
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IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status full migrant Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type   Average mass 1023 g


  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 6,640,000 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals poor Estimated 2009
Population trend Decreasing Suspected -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 7.1 - - -
Population justification: The global population is estimated to number c.190,000-290,000 individuals (Wetlands International 2006), while national population estimates include: c.10,000-100,000 breeding pairs, c.1,000-10,000 individuals on migration and c.50-1,000 wintering individuals in China; < c.100 breeding pairs, < c.50 individuals on migration and c.1,000-10,000 wintering individuals in Japan and c.10,000-100,000 breeding pairs and c.1,000-10,000 individuals on migration in Russia (Brazil 2009).
Trend justification: The overall population trend is decreasing, although some populations have unknown trends (Wetlands International 2006). This species has undergone a small or statistically insignificant increase over the last 40 years in North America (data from Breeding Bird Survey and/or Christmas Bird Count: Butcher and Niven 2007).

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Afghanistan Native Extant   Yes    
Albania Native Extant   Yes    
Algeria Vagrant Extant        
Armenia Native Extant       Yes
Austria Native Extant   Yes    
Azerbaijan Native Extant       Yes
Bahamas Vagrant Extant        
Belarus Native Extant Yes   Yes  
Belgium Native Extant   Yes    
Bermuda (to UK) Vagrant Extant        
Bosnia and Herzegovina Native Extant Yes      
Bulgaria Native Extant       Yes
Canada Native Extant     Yes Yes
China (mainland) Native Extant        
Croatia Native Extant       Yes
Cyprus Vagrant Extant        
Czech Republic Native Extant       Yes
Denmark Native Extant     Yes Yes
Egypt Vagrant Extant        
Estonia Native Extant     Yes Yes
Faroe Islands (to Denmark) Vagrant Extant        
Finland Native Extant     Yes Yes
France Native Extant     Yes Yes
Georgia Native Extant       Yes
Germany Native Extant     Yes Yes
Greece Native Extant   Yes    
Greenland (to Denmark) Vagrant Extant   Yes    
Hungary Native Extant       Yes
Iceland Vagrant Extant        
India Native Extant        
Iran, Islamic Republic of Native Extant       Yes
Ireland Native Extant   Yes    
Israel Vagrant Extant        
Italy Native Extant   Yes    
Japan Native Extant        
Kazakhstan Native Extant Yes      
Kyrgyzstan Native Extant Yes      
Latvia Native Extant       Yes
Lebanon Vagrant Extant   Yes    
Lithuania Native Extant       Yes
Luxembourg Vagrant Extant        
Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Native Extant       Yes
Moldova Native Extant Yes      
Montenegro Native Extant       Yes
Netherlands Native Extant       Yes
North Korea Native Extant        
Norway Native Extant   Yes Yes  
Pakistan Native Extant        
Poland Native Extant     Yes Yes
Portugal Vagrant Extant        
Romania Native Extant     Yes Yes
Russia Native Extant Yes      
Russia (Asian) Native Extant Yes      
Russia (Central Asian) Native Extant Yes      
Russia (European) Native Extant Yes      
Saudi Arabia Vagrant Extant   Yes    
Serbia Native Extant       Yes
Slovakia Native Extant     Yes Yes
Slovenia Native Extant       Yes
South Korea Native Extant        
Spain Native Extant   Yes    
St Pierre and Miquelon (to France) Native Extant   Yes Yes  
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (to Norway) Vagrant Extant        
Sweden Native Extant     Yes Yes
Switzerland Native Extant   Yes    
Syria Vagrant Extant        
Taiwan (China) Native Extant        
Tajikistan Native Extant        
Tunisia Vagrant Extant        
Turkey Native Extant       Yes
Turkmenistan Native Extant        
Ukraine Native Extant     Yes Yes
United Arab Emirates Native Extant   Yes    
United Kingdom Native Extant       Yes
USA Native Extant Yes      
Uzbekistan Native Extant        

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Canada Boundary Bay - Roberts Bank - Sturgeon Bank (Fraser River Estuary) site factsheet
Canada Lakeland site factsheet
Canada Manitoulin Island North Shore site factsheet
Denmark Eastern German Bight site factsheet
Denmark Hyllekrog-Rødsand and Fehmarn Belt site factsheet
Denmark Northern Kattegat site factsheet
Denmark Ronne Banke site factsheet
Denmark Rønne Banke site factsheet
Estonia Vooremaa site factsheet
Finland Koskeljärvi, Vaaljärvi and Pitkäjärvi lakes site factsheet
Finland Köyliönjärvi and Pyhäjärvi lakes site factsheet
France Cap Gris-nez site factsheet
Kazakhstan Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve site factsheet
Kazakhstan Lesser Aral Sea site factsheet
Kazakhstan Naurzum State Nature Reserve site factsheet
Kazakhstan Tyulen’i (Seal) Islands site factsheet
Kyrgyzstan Tokmak Pheasant Reserve site factsheet
Latvia Engure lake site factsheet
Latvia Gulf of Riga, west coast site factsheet
Norway Lista wetland system site factsheet
Norway Ørlandet site factsheet
Norway Smøla archipelago site factsheet
Norway Været site factsheet
Romania Black Sea site factsheet
Russia (Central Asian) Alabota lake site factsheet
Russia (Central Asian) Bol'shiye and Maliye Donki lakes site factsheet
Russia (Central Asian) Bykovo lake site factsheet
Russia (Central Asian) Chernoye Lake site factsheet
Russia (Central Asian) Krutali Lake site factsheet
Russia (Central Asian) Kurtan Lake site factsheet
Russia (Central Asian) Man'yass lake site factsheet
Russia (Central Asian) Peschanokoledinskaya site factsheet
Russia (Central Asian) Saltosarayskoye lake site factsheet
Russia (Central Asian) Schuch'ye lake site factsheet
Russia (Central Asian) Shchuch'ye lake site factsheet
Russia (Central Asian) Stekleney Lake site factsheet
Russia (European) Berezoviye islands of Vyborg Bay site factsheet
Russia (European) Delta of the River Don site factsheet
St Pierre and Miquelon (to France) Miquelon Island (Northeast Coast) site factsheet
Sweden Lake Hornborgasjön site factsheet
Sweden Lake Tåkern site factsheet
Turkmenistan Ekerem - Esenguly site factsheet
Ukraine Fishponds near Kukil'nyky village site factsheet
USA Eastern Kodiak Island Marine site factsheet
USA Prince William Sound site factsheet
Uzbekistan Karakyr Lakes site factsheet
Uzbekistan Sudochye Lake site factsheet
Uzbekistan Tudakul and Kuymazar Reservoirs site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Marine Neritic Estuaries Major non-breeding
Marine Neritic Macroalgal/Kelp Suitable non-breeding
Marine Neritic Seagrass (Submerged) Suitable non-breeding
Marine Neritic Subtidal Loose Rock/pebble/gravel Suitable non-breeding
Marine Neritic Subtidal Rock and Rocky Reefs Suitable non-breeding
Marine Neritic Subtidal Sandy Suitable non-breeding
Marine Neritic Subtidal Sandy-Mud Suitable non-breeding
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Freshwater Marshes/Pools (under 8ha) Major breeding
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls) Suitable breeding
Altitude 0 - 1000 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Podiceps grisegena. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Species name author (Boddaert, 1783)
Population size mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 6,640,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- 2015 European Red List assessment