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Breeding adult
Photo © by peterday
Laratinga Wetlands, Adelaide, South Australia, October 2013
Poliocephalus poliocephalus


Photo © by woom
Farmer's dam, New South Wales, Australia, February 2016

27–30·5 cm (10½-12 in)

Adult Breeding

  • Brownish-grey above
  • Whitish below
  • Grey upper breast
  • Brownish-grey flanks
  • Grey-brown forehead darkening towards black hindcrown and nape
  • Whitish streaks over head and cheeks give hoary appearance
  • Black chin
  • Usually pale yellowish-white iris
  • Black bill with white tip
  • Olive-green legs

Adult Non-breeding

Generally duller and greyer, streaking on head much reduced but dark cap retained


Similar to non-breeding adult but with indistinctly striped face.


Broad white trailing edge to secondaries on upperwing which continues across most of the primaries.


Southern half of Australia and Tasmania.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Lakes, reservoirs and large swamps.



Breeds November-January or after rains. Nest is a floating heap of vegetation. Eggs: 3-5 (sometimes 6), greenish-white to pale blue initially. Incubation takes 20-25 days.


They have a wide diet consisting of invertebrates, such as water beetles, caddis flies, arachnids and damselflies. They also take some small fish occasionally.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Llimona, F., J. del Hoyo, D. A. Christie, F. Jutglar, and G. M. Kirwan (2020). Hoary-headed Grebe (Poliocephalus poliocephalus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.hohgre1.01

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