The Little Grebe is the smallest European grebe. Built on a small and stocky body, it has no decorative head plumage or “ears”, unlike other grebes. The body is brown in color, with changing hues during “courtship”. The bird lives primarily off water insects, their larvae, and small crustaceans, but will gladly supplement its diet, e.g. with tadpoles. This is a reclusive bird, often diving and rarely taking flight. It also hides underwater when threatened. In the Czech Republic, it enjoys special protection as an endangered species.