Red-necked Phalarope

Name: Red-necked Phalarope

Scientific name: Phalaropus lobatus

Category: Birds

Nature Stars: 90

What are nature stars?

About: A small wader, only about 18cm long. Phalaropes are a strange group of pot-bellied, long-necked, short-legged, needle-billed waders that swim on the surface of the water, catching midges and mosquitoes. In non-breeding plumage they have a black ear patch

How to identify: The rarer Grey Phalarope is slightly larger and stockier, with a thicker bill, and more likely to be found around the coast.

Where: A very rare nesting bird on a few tiny pools in Shetland. A rare visitor to wetlands anywhere in the country during spring and autumn migration.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 40
  • Agility: 40
  • Rarity: 100
  • Cute factor: 50
  • Traveller: 80

Fantastic fact: Male phalaropes are much duller in colour than the females, and incubate the eggs and look after the chicks: quite a role reversal!

Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc


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comments

  • Ottero
    • Date: 2010-05-02 22:39:57
    • Ottero

    I really like the red necked phalarope, they are amazing and I like the colours and markings, I would love to see one!!