Bird of the Week – Red-necked Phalarope
The most common Phalarope in Alaska is the Red-necked.
Like the Wilson’s Phalarope, the sexual roles are reversed. The female is more colorful and territorial; the male is drabber, broods the eggs and stays with the chicks.
All phalarope feeding behavior is very distinctive: the birds swim in fast, tight circles, like some kind of wind-up toy, to lift insects and other invertebrates near the surface. This bird was photographed near Chevak, on the Yukon River Delta in 2008.
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