Story: Wetland birds

Dabchick adults with chick

Dabchick adults with chick

One adult dabchick carries a stripy-headed chick on its back while the other feeds it. Dabchicks eat aquatic insects and larvae, freshwater molluscs, crayfish, or small fish. They are very capable divers.

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Christina Troup, 'Wetland birds - Grebes and dabchicks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/14616/dabchick-adults-with-chick (accessed 21 February 2020)

Story by Christina Troup, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015