Slavonian Grebe (Podiceps auritus, mustakurkku-uikku)

Slavonian Grebe (Podiceps auritus, mustakurkku-uikku) is a small colorful waterbird. Its eyes are red, black small beak has white tip during summer. The sound of Slavonian Grebe has pretty loud, rather rumbling whistle.

I met Slavonian grebe first time two years ago in Suomenoja bird paradise in Espoo. Since that I have been following Slavonian grebes life. I have hundreds of Slavonian Grebe photos and now I have decided to share my photos here in my Finnish nature -blog.

Slavonian Grebes mating rituals, Finland
Slavonian Grebes mating rituals

Suomenoja bird paradise in Espoo

Suomenoja bird paradise is known for rare waterbirds like Slavonian grebe and Pochard as well as Eurasian Coot. You can find more information of Suomenoja (in Finnish) HERE.

Suomeoja lintuallas, Finnå
Finnå river in Suomenoja bird paradise

One reason for rear species living in Suomenoja is Black-headed Gulls which are nesting there. Their screaming and spectacular mass flights gives a sign of impending danger to other birds. First arrives gulls and soon after other species.

Black-headed Gulls in Suomenoja bird paradise, naurulokki
Black-headed Gulls in Suomenoja bird paradise

Exotic colorful Slavonian Grebe near threatened

Finland is home to about 48% of the EU’s total breeding Slavonian Grebe population. The species’ total numbers in Europe (including countries outside the EU) have been estimated at between 6,000 and 11,000. European red list status is near threatened, globally vulnerable.

Slavonian Grebe has small black beak, which has white tip during summer, Finland
Slavonian Grebe has small black beak, which has white tip during summer
Slavonian Grebe: length 31–38 cm, wingspan 46–55 cm, weight 400–720 g, Finland
Slavonian Grebe: length 31–38 cm, wingspan 46–55 cm, weight 400–720 g
Slavonian Grebes head is black with distinctive bright orange crests behind each eye
Slavonian Grebes head is black with distinctive bright orange crests behind each eye
Slavonian Grebes irises are orange-red, Finland
Slavonian Grebes irises are orange-red

Now a question to my readers: Is Slavonian Grebe breeding in your country? Have you met this beautiful waterbird in real life?

Minna in Finnish Nature 😊

22 replies to “Slavonian Grebe (Podiceps auritus, mustakurkku-uikku)

  1. So pretty. In England there is a wetland at a place called Slimbridge on the Severn estuary. It is one of my favourite places in the world: wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/slimbridge. I haven’t been there for a very long time, but shall never forget it.

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  2. Läckra närbilder, ögonen är nästan osannolikt färgade. Vi har inga häckande Svarthakedoppingar här i Bohuslän på västkusten, men de syns årligen under flyttningen och övervintrar tidvis ibland.

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    1. Horned Grebe is also used in Europe besides Slavonian Grebe. It is sad that this little bird is endangered also in Canada 😦 Let´s hope it will survive.

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    1. Hello Matti, Slavonian Grebe is really cute little waterbird. It is not so common in Finland and usually it can be found where Black-headed Gulls are nesting. Happy new week to you too!

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  3. Your first photo of the mating ritual is stunning, they truly look in love! Your Slavonian Grebe looks like our Horned Grebe in North America, very stylish grebes! And, yes, I’ve captured photos of ours in late Spring couple years ago, but none near the gorgeous captures of yours, Minna! Well done!

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    1. Thank you Donna! Slavonian Grebe is also known as Horned Grebe so it is the same bird. Really nice to know that you have met it too. It is so beautiful bird.

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