Little Grebe (Winter)
Little Grebe (Breeding plumage)
Little Grebe (Summer)
Little Grebe (Juvenile)
Scientific Name 
Tachybaptus ruficollis
Arabic Name 
الغطاس الصغير
Kuwaiti name 
غطاس , غويويص
43.0 cm
27.0 cm
Least Concern


Scarce resident, passage migrant and winter visitor. A widespread bird using a variety of inland wetland habitats in Kuwait.
Where in Kuwait 
Breeds locally in inland waters such as at Jahra Pool Reserve when water conditions are favourable.
In the world 
A sedentary species which is the smallest Palearctic Grebe that has an extremely large range. It is locally dispersive or fully migratory depending on the winter temperatures of it's breeding grounds.
Local threats 
Lack of suitable habitat and water.