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.
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.
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