Australasian Grebe Tachybaptus novaehollandiae

Common Name:  Australasian Grebe

Scientific Name: Tachybaptus novaehollandiae

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Distribution and habitat: Australasian Grebes are found all over Australia. They live in ponds, lakes and rivers.

Feeding: An Australasian Grebe eats water insects and small fishes. It catches prey by diving underwater or takes food from the surface of the water.

Breeding: Australasian Grebes breed between September and January in the south and January and April in the north. The nest is a floating mound of plants attached to an underwater branch or reed. The female lays 4 or 5 eggs. The chicks hatch after 23 days and swim soon after hatching.

Did you know? Australasian Grebes eat their own feathers and feed them to their chicks. They may do this to prevent injury from sharp fish bones.

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