Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)

Latin Etymology: Phalaropus ("coot foot") lobatus ("lobed")
Adult in transition plumage of Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatusat Oare Marshes, Kent - July 2018

Featured Subspecies: N/A
Weight: 27-48g  /  Length: 17-19cm  /  Wingspan: 32-41cm
UK RED LIST IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Red-necked Phalarope is one of the most tenuous breeding species in the UK; it is at the very southerly fringe of it's range on some of the islands of Scotland, otherwise it largely breeds in Norway, Finland, Russia, Canada, Greenland and Alaska.  It is however migratory, and a small number pass through on passage each year, allowing it to be seen in more easily seen on passage as it heads out to open patches of sea in the tropics.  Typically however it is still hard to catch up with on passage, not staying more than a day at a single location, however a few individuals in 2018 proved to be more lingering, making them a lot easier to catch up with.

Related Species:
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Genus: Phalaropus
SUBSPECIES: none - monotypic 

 - Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - A rare passage migrant (30 birds) and very local breeding species (22 males)
 An single passage migrant at Oare Marshes in July 2018.

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red List, RSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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