In the heart of wild, windswept Patagonia lives a beautiful bird, the Hooded Grebe. It’s one of the rarest birds in South America. There are less than 800 of them and they live only on remote high plateaux of Patagonia. What threats does it face? Who is working to save it? Will they succeed?

Watch this short film to find out and discover its amazing courtship dance, filmed for the first time in its entirety.


The Living Wild team is a Species Champion supporting the Hooded Grebe as part of the BirdLife Preventing Extinctions programme.

Find out more:

How rare is the Hooded Grebe?

The Hooded Grebe Project, by Aves Argentina

Just Giving: donate to the Hooded Grebe Project

Dam construction is a major risk to the Hooded Grebe

Oxford University study demonstrates large-scale dams are uneconomic