Australasian crested grebePūteketeke

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.

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

They puke, they do a ‘weed’ dance before mating, they have great hair, and there are fewer than 1000 of them left in New Zealand! The Pūteketeke isn’t just a bird cooler than any of us could ever hope to be — it’s a bird that needs our help. So join us, and vote for the Pūteketeke. Take just one look at its mullet and you’ll see: the Pūteketeke is, indeed, the bird of the century!!!


Australasian crested grebe

Image credit - Steve Attwood