Story: Wetland birds

Distribution of crested grebe, dabchick and little grebe

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Australasian crested grebes are found only in the South Island, mostly on subalpine lakes. New Zealand dabchicks are scattered on lakes and ponds, mainly in the North Island. In autumn they gather in flocks on selected inland lakes. Australasian little grebes are thinly scattered on lakes and farm ponds of the North and South islands, but are mainly found north of Auckland.

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Source: C. J. R. Robertson, P. Hyvönen, M. J. Fraser, and C. R. Pickard, Atlas of bird distribution in New Zealand, 1999–2004. Wellington: Ornithological Society of New Zealand, 2007

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Christina Troup, 'Wetland birds - Grebes and dabchicks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/14613/distribution-of-crested-grebe-dabchick-and-little-grebe (accessed 18 November 2019)

Story by Christina Troup, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015