WeweiaNew Zealand dabchick

Conservation status
In some trouble

Similar to their cousin, the Australasian grebe, the New Zealand grebe (or dabchick) bases itself on ponds and lakes. Interestingly, they have no tail and hold their rump high when swimming. Knowing that their eggs are under high predation, they cover their nests with weeds when they have to dash out to the shops for a quick bite.

New Zealand Dabchick

Photo: Craig McKenzie