Alaotra Grebe / Tachybaptus rufolavatus

Alaotra Grebe / Tachybaptus rufolavatus

Alaotra Grebe

SCI Name:  Tachybaptus rufolavatus
Protonym:  Podiceps rufolavatus Ois. (n.s.) 2 p.6
Taxonomy:  Podicipediformes / Podicipedidae /
Taxonomy Code:  alagre1
Type Locality:  Lake Alaotra.
Publish Year:  1932
IUCN Status:  


(Podicipedidae; Ϯ Little Grebe or Dabchick T. ruficollis) Gr. ταχυς takhus  fast; βαπτω baptō  to sink under; "The Dabchick floats, swims, dives, and, as I have ascertained from observation, flies under water, with astonishing ease and activity. When surprised, it eludes its enemy by slipping beneath the surface, and not appearing until a good way off." (Macgillivray 1842); "3. *Tachybaptus RCHB. minor. (Colymb. — Briss.) R.  Tab. 11. Caput, ala, cauda, pes. — Ic. Av. t. 11. ic. 79—85. — Reliquae species: t. 13. ic. 748—55. t. 111. ic. 1076. t. 111b. ic. 2941." (Reichenbach 1853); "Tachybaptus Reichenbach, Av. Syst. Nat., 1852 (1853), p. iii. Type, by monotypy, Colymbus minor Gmelin = Colymbus ruficollis Pallas." (Peters 1931, 1, 35).
Var. Tachybaptes.
Synon. Dominicus, Limnodytes.

L. rufus red; lavatus washed < lavare to bathe.