Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53899

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Charadriiformes
Family:Scolopacidae
Genus:Phalaropus
Genus species:Phalaropus fulicarius

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:20-23 cm
Identification:The summer female grey phalarope is black with ochre stripes running down the back. She also has a black cap, white cheeks, and brownish-red underparts. The summer male is similar but has a streaked crown and less white on his face. The winter colors are the same for both sexes: slate blue, a white head, a dark spot above the eye, stripe down the nape, and white underparts.
Habitat:Tundra, wet meadows, sea
Diet:Carnivore: insects, mollusks, crustaceans
Reproduction:Parental roles are reversed in this bird species. After laying her 2-4 eggs in his nest, the male incubates the eggs for 18-20 days and then cares for them after hatching. The chicks fledge after 16-18 days. Sometimes two females may lay eggs in the same nest.
When traveling at sea, grey phalaropes form very large flocks.
Status:No special status

Other Information

Geographic:Northern North America
Arctic islands
Western Africa
Southwestern South America
Date:1973-07 Subjects:Red phalarope
short-legged wading bird
Grey phalarope
Phalaropes
Scolopacidae
Charadriiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Shore birds
Water birds
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/53899