PūteketekeAustralasian crested grebe

Conservation status
In serious trouble

You may know of the Australasian crested grebe by the unusual way they carry their young – on their back when they are swimming. They forage within high country lakes, particularly shallow lakes with fringes of vegetation. Watch out for their floating nests, which they anchor to the side of the lake.

Australasian Crested Grebe

Photo: Craig McKenzie