Scientific name: Podiceps nigricollis
Size: Approx 30cm
Distribution: Scarce. Found in North Wales, England and Scotland
Months seen: All year round
Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, especially with reed.
Food: Small fish, invertebrates and crustaceans
Special features: Black-necked grebes have black head and neck plumage with orange-brown flanks, and bright yellow/orange plumes fanning out just behind each fiery red eye. The breast and belly is a silvery-white. In winter the plumage is grey on the flanks and there is a grey-white patch on each side of the head below each eye.
Black-necked Grebes are more frequently seen at coastal sites in winter. In the summer they're more often seen on inland lochs, lakes and reservoirs