Podiceps andinus Meyer de Schauensee, 1959:55

Colombian grebe, Tota grebe



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Podiceps nigricollis andinus Meyer de Schauensee, 1959:55


Conservation Status


Last record: February 1977

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



Lake Tota, Bogota Wetlands, Colombia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Meyer de Schauensee, R. M. (1959). Additions to the birds of the Republic of Colombia. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 111: 53-75.


Other references:

BirdLife International (2000) Threatened Birds of the World. Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, Barcelona and Cambridge.

BirdLife International. (2012). Podiceps andinus. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. ( Downloaded on 08 July 2012.

BirdLife International. (2016). Podiceps andinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T22696615A93574182. Accessed on 02 July 2022.

Borrero, J. I. (1947). Aves ocasionales en la sabana de Bogotá y las lagunas de Fúquene y Tota. Caldasia 4: 491-498.

Brooks, T. 2000. Extinct species. In: BirdLife International (ed.), Threatened Birds of the World, pp. 701-708. Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, Barcelona and Cambridge, U.K.

Collar, N. J.; Crosby, M. J.; Stattersfield, A. J. 1994. Birds to watch 2: the world list of threatened birds. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A. and Fishpool, L.D.C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 1: Non-passerines. Lynx Edicions BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.

del Hoyo, J., et al. (2020) Birds of the World. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA

Fjeldså, J. (1984). Three endangered South American grebes (Podiceps): case histories and the ethics of saving species by human intervention. Annales Zoologici Fennici 21: 411-416.

Fjeldså, J. (1993). The decline and probable extinction of the Colombian Grebe Podiceps andinus. Bird Conservation International 3: 221-234.

Sayol, Ferran, Steinbauer, Manuel J., Blackburn, Tim M., Antonelli, Alexandre and Faurby, Søren. (2020). Anthropogenic extinctions conceal widespread evolution of flightlessness in birds. Science Advances 6(49): eabb6095. [Supplementary Material (Data File S1)]

Tyrberg, Tommy. (2009). Holocene avian extinctions, pp. 63-106. In: Turvey, Samuel T. (ed.). Holocene Extinctions. Oxford, UK & New York, USA: Oxford University Press. xii + 352 pp.

Varty, N.; Adams, J.; Espin, P.; Hambler, C. (1986). An ornithological survey of Lake Tota, Colombia, 1982. International Council for Bird Preservation, Cambridge, U.K.


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