Adult red-necked grebes in breeding plumage performing 'whinny-braying' duet in defense of territory.

Typical grebes

Typical grebes are a small group of water birds in the grebe family. They are all superb swimmers and strong divers, good enough to chase fish underwater. Built for life on or near water, these grebes prefer to take to the water than to be on land or in the skies, though most species do undertake a winter migration to coasts and warmer climes. There are eight typical grebe species that breed on most of the world's continents. Sadly, one species, the Colombian grebe, has recently been classified as extinct.

Scientific name: Podiceps

Rank: Genus


Map showing the distribution of the Typical grebes taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.


The following habitats are found across the Typical grebes 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


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