Little Grebe catching a newt (Pleurodeles waltl)

By | 28 January 2012

This Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) photographed while catching a sharp-ribbed newt (Pleurodeles waltl) at a small pond near Sidi Bettache (Saad Rih). The prey, also known as Iberian ribbed newt, is a near threatened Ibero-Moroccan endemic.

The Little Grebe is mainly piscivorous (fish-eater), although it’s known to take bigger prey such as newts (Wilkinson 2008) and even small mammals (Fisher 2005).

References:

Fisher, R. 2005. Little Grebe swallowing small mammal. British Birds 98: 156.  PDF

Wilkinson, C. 2008. Little Grebe catching newt. British Birds 101: 200.  PDF

Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) catching a sharp-ribbed newt (Pleurodeles waltl), Morocco

Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) catching a sharp-ribbed newt (Pleurodeles waltl), Sidi Bettache (Saad Rih).

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