Junin grebe

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Junin grebe
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Podicipediformes
Family: Podicipedidae
Genus: Podiceps
Species: P. taczanowskii
Binomial name
Podiceps taczanowskii
(Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1894)

The Junín 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. The grebe generally breeds in bays and channels in outer sector of the Lake, within 8–75 m (26–246 ft) of reed beds, entering the reeds only for nesting or roosting. When not breeding, Junin grebe prefer open water, moving out far from lake shores. The current population is estimated at less than 250.

The scientific name commemorates the Polish zoologist Władysław Taczanowski, author of Ornithology of Peru (1884–86).

Another highly endangered species, the Junin rail, is restricted to the same lake.


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