Least Grebe

The Least Grebe,  is the smallest member of the grebe family of water birds. It occurs in the New World from the southwestern USA and Mexico south to Chile and Argentina, and also on Trinidad, Tobago, the Bahamas and Greater Antilles.

It lacks the chestnut colouring on the neck of the four Old World species in the same genus, and has formerly been placed in at least three other genera.

This bird builds a floating nest of vegetation anchored to the bottom in open water to 1.5 m deep. The three to six white eggs soon become stained, and are incubated by both adults for 21 days to hatching. The striped young are sometimes carried on the adult’s back.