Junin Grebe

Scientific Name
Podiceps taczanowskii
Conservation Status
Critically Endangered (CR)

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The Junn Grebe, Junin Flightless Grebe or Puna Grebe, Podiceps taczanowskii, is a grebe found only on Lake Junin in the highlands of Junin, west-central Peru. Restricted to Lake Junn; breeding of the species generally occurs in bays & channels in outer sector of the Lake, within 8-75m of reedbeds, entering reeds only for nesting or roosting. When non-breeding Junin Grebe prefer open water, occurring far from lake shores. The current population is estimated at less than 250. The scientific name commemorates the Polish zoologist Wadysaw Taczanowski, author of Ornithology of Peru (1884-86). Another highly endangered species, the Junin Rail, is restricted to the same lake.