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November 24, 2017

Bird of the Week – Wilson’s Phalarope

There are three species of Phalaropes in Alaska; this one, by a considerable margin, is the least common.

Wilson's Phalarope Male

Wilson’s Phalarope Male

Phalaropes are unusual in that sexual roles are reversed; the male is drabber, and does all of the brooding of the eggs and raises the chicks. The more colorful female lays the eggs and leaves. This proto-feminist male was photographed at Creamer’s Refuge in 2008.

For more bird photos, visit Frozen Feather Images.



5 Responses to “Bird of the Week – Wilson’s Phalarope”
  1. thatcrowwoman says:

    One bird’s
    is another bird’s
    fine-feathered friend, eh?


  2. Zyxomma says:


  3. mike from iowa says:

    Pansy-ass bird like Jicanas.Mom gets to shake her tailfeathers at every passing,fly by night salesbird and he will be treated to single parenthood,domestic bliss, too.

  4. Mo says:

    Proto-feminist or good father?

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