Male great crested grebe with an erect crest

Great crested grebe

Great crested grebes are the largest grebes in Europe, with a range spanning from Britain to Russia. Once persecuted for their feathers, their population was devastated during the Victorian period. Following excellent conservation measures, numbers have since greatly increased. These grebes are well known for their elaborate courtship displays where pairs raise and shake their heads and approach each other with weed in their bills. After hatching, the stripy chicks are carried around on the backs of their parents.

Scientific name: Podiceps cristatus

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Great crested grebe taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Great crested grebe can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, Australia, China, Europe, Indian subcontinent, Mediterranean, Russia, United Kingdom, Wales. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Great crested grebe distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Podicipediformes
  6. Grebes
  7. Typical grebes
  8. Great crested grebe