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New Zealand Grebe

Poliocephalus rufopectus

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Relatively small, brown-black grebe endemic to New Zealand. Note the fine silvery back-swept feathers on the head and the distinctive yellow eyes. Adults are paler in non-breeding plumage. Sexes alike. Can sit quite high on the water; feeds either on the surface or by diving for up to 30 seconds. Frequents freshwater lakes, dams, and ponds. Found mostly across the North Island and in the northern part of the South Island. Distinguished from Hoary-headed Grebe by darker plumage and from Australasian Grebe by larger size and cinnamon neck.

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