For the purposes of our bird news services, this species is classed as Local: generally fairly regular or common species that a 'county lister' or a birding beginner might be interested in going to see. (Note that rarity levels are currently applied nationally and may not reflect local variations in abundance.)
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European breeding populations (33)
Black-necked Grebe breeds in the following countries (Bird News Extra subscribers will see population statistics and information on trends for each country, and a map of population densities):
Albania Austria Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Estonia France Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Ireland Latvia Lithuania Macedonia Moldova Netherlands Poland Romania Russia Serbia and Montenegro Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine
These scarce grebes are easy enough to distinguish in summer plumage - but what about in winter plumage, or in flight? Russell Slack explains what to look out for. subscribe
Black-necked Grebes in the Lower Derwent Valley NNR
In recent years this famous Yorkshire wetland area near York has provided many visitors superb views of these charming grebes. Several were colour-ringed in 2004 and observers at nesting areas/passage sites are urged to look for colour-rings on any birds they see. subscribe
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