Great Crested Grebe (Breeding plumage, ITALY)
Great Crested Grebe (Winter, ITALY)
Scientific Name 
Podiceps cristatus
Arabic Name 
الغطاس المتوج الكبير
Kuwaiti name 
88.0 cm
49.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Rare passage migrant and winter visitor. Very small numbers observed nearly every year from December to March.
Where in Kuwait 
It has been recorded in both fresh water and northern coastal sites in Kuwait Bay, inland pools in Jahra but also as far south as Khiran.
In the world 
Found across most of Europe and central Asia. Colonies can be found scattered through Africa from the north to as far south as Southern Africa. Nesting colonies are also found in southern Australia and New Zealand.
Local threats 
Hazards of migration across inhospitable and desert areas.