Like all grebes, it nests on the water’s edge, since it legs are set very back and it cannot walk well. Usually two eggs are laid, and the striped young are sometimes carried on the adults back.
It is an excellent swimmer and diver, and pursues its fish prey underwater, eating mostly aquatic insects and larvae.. It prefers to escape danger by diving rather than flying, although it can easily rise from the water.
The adults are unmistakeable in summer with black head neck and yellow ear tufts. In winter, this small grebe is white with a poorly defined black cap, which distinguishes it from the crisper looking Slavonian Grebe.
In courtship the male offers the female a mellow poo-ee-chk.
Folk names: eared diver.