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Junin Grebe - BirdForum Opus

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Location: Junin, Peru

Alternative name: Puna Grebe

Podiceps taczanowskii


A flightless grebe of 35 cm length. Brown grey, with grey rump, mottled grey-brown flanks, face and throat; the foreneck and underparts are white. There is a short crest to the rear of the grey-brown head. The nape has a black patch, the hindneck is black, as is the bill. The iris is red, the legs yellow.


Found only on Lake Junin, Peru. Population now much reduced and the bird is Critically Endangered.


This is a monotypic species1.


Shallow mountain lake at 4,000m with extensive reedbeds.


Flightless. Feeds in open water and builds nest among the reeds


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.

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