Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)

Order: Charadriiformes | Family: Scolopacidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult, basic plumage | Sex: Unknown | Loc. North America

Age: Adult, basic plumage  | Sex: Unknown | Loc. North America

Age: Adult, Alternate plumage | Sex: Female | Loc. North America

Age: Adult, Alternate plumage | Sex: Female | Loc. North America

Identification & Behavior: ~21 cn (8.2 in). The Red-necked Phalarope in basic plumage is gray upperparts with white streaks, white face, and white rest of the underparts. It has a distinctive black ear patch and a thin black bill. The female in alternate plumage is mostly dusky with rufous stripes on the back, rich rufous neck, and white throat. In basic plumage, it is similar to the Red Phalarope, but is distinguished by having a thin all black bill. It is also similar to the Wilson’s Phalarope, but is distinguished from this species by having a black ear patch.

Status: The Red-necked Phalarope is an uncommon Boreal migrant to pelagic waters off the coast of Peru. It is generally not present in waters within 30 km from the coast, although some individuals may be occasionally found at coastal lagoons. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Faláropo de Pico Fino.

Sub-species: Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus), Linnaeus 1758.

Meaning of Name: Phalaropus: Gr. phalaris= coot; and pous= foot. lobatus: L. lobate, lobed= in reference to the lobed feet of this species.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 06/01/2015.