Red Phalarope

General description.

Additionally, the “Red Phalarope” is a starling-sized shorebird, with dark crown, white face, conspicuous wing stripe and yellow bill with a black tip. Probably never seen on land in the United States, rather, they bob like corks far out at sea looking, to fishing boats, like miniature gulls. Winter plumage for both male and female is a pale crown, gray above and white below. The yellow bill turns dark and there is a dark line through the eye.

Female appearance.

The female “Red Phalarope” is even more boldly patterned than her mate.

Breeding habits.

Breeding grounds of the phalarope are the tundra pools of northern Alaska and Canada.

Calls or song.

The sound of the “Red Phalarope” is a metallic “kreep”.

Population and distribution.

After breeding, the “Red Phalarope” migrates off both the Atlantic and Pacific Coast. They winter mainly at sea in the Southern Hemisphere.

Nesting habits.

The “Red Phalarope” makes a grass-lined depression on an elevated spot in marshy tundra. There the female lays four olive eggs, speckled with brown, after which the male takes over the duties of incubating and rearing the young.

Similar birds:

Red-necked Phalarope Photo Red-necked Phalarope
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