Latin name: Podiceps cristatus

Common name: Great-crested Grebe



Encyclopedia of Life:

Brief introduction: The Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus (Linnaeus, 1758)) is known for its elaborate mating display and is the largest member of the Grebe family in the Europe and surrounding areas. In the 19th century, the species was almost hunted to extinction in the UK for its head plumes, which were used to decorate hats and other female attire.

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