Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena)
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A slightly smaller bird than the Great Crested Grebe. In summer it has a red breast and neck, a black-and-white head, and a black bill with a patch of yellow at the base. In winter it is black and grey, and its bill has more yellow in it. The sexes are similar.
It is found in northern and eastern Europe in the summer. It winters along the coast in NW Europe and the Mediterranean and Black Seas.
It breeds on reeded waters, often small and well-vegetated.
Generally shy and retiring. It dives with a pronounced jump clear of the water.
It has Amber status on the British list as only about twenty individuals spend the summer in the UK.