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April 24, 2014

Bird of the Week – Red-necked Phalarope

The most common Phalarope in Alaska is the Red-necked.

Red-necked Phalarope Female

Red-necked Phalarope Female

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.

For more bird photos, please visit Frozen Feather Images.

 

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2 Responses to “Bird of the Week – Red-necked Phalarope”
  1. Zyxomma says:

    This is another lovely photo of another lovely bird, and the Great Backyard Bird Count is wrapping up now. I’ve twice seen a robin, and I think it’s too early for them.

    • Zyxomma says:

      I neglected to connect the dots. I usually think southern when I think of rednecks, not the far north. Too bad it’s not just the birds …

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