Australasian GrebeScientific name: Tachybaptus novaehollandiae

Meaning of name: The meaning of Tachybaptus is not known. Novaehollandiae means of New Holland – an old name for Australia.

Aboriginal name: Ngoonan (n’oo’nan).

Distribution: Widespread across Australia but absent from the drier areas.

Description: Up to 25cm long with a wingspan of 39cm.

Notes: The photographs for this species were not taken in the reserves of interest to the FQPB.

References: What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978

Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.

Aboriginal names of bird species in south-west Western Australia, with suggestions for their adoption into common usage. Ian Abbott. 2009. Conservation Science Western Australia Journal. Volume 7 No 2