Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) | Avelgood Apps

The Red-necked Phalarope is about 18 cm (7 in) in length, with lobed toes and a straight, fine bill. The breeding female is predominantly dark grey above, with a chestnut neck and upper breast, black face and white throat. The breeding male is a duller version of the female. They have lobed toes to assist with their swimming. Young birds are grey and brown above, with buff underparts and a black patch through the eye. In winter, the plumage is grey above and white below, but the black eyepatch is always present.

Habitat and Distribution

The Red-necked Phalorope is a rare and localised breeding species in the British Isles. They occur commonly in Shetland Isles, Outer Hebrides of Scotland and also the Scottish Mainland in Ross-shire or Sutherland.


When feeding, a Red-necked Phalarope will often swim in a small, rapid circle, forming a small whirlpool. They then reach into the center with the bill plucking small insects or crustaceans caught up.


It is the females who pursue males and sometimes fight over them. Usually the clutch size is 4, but can be fewer. Incubation is done by the males. The young mainly feed themselves and are able to fly within 20 days of hatch.

Calls and Songs

They have a sharp call described as a whit or twit.

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