Red Phalarope - Phalaropus fulicarius

Length 8.0-8.8 in (20.3-22.2 cm)
Wingspan 1.2-1.3 ft (37.0-40.0 cm)
Weight 1.3-2.7 oz (37-77 g)
Clutch Size 4
Chicks at birth Precocial
IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern
Continents:NA, SA, EU, AF, AS

Red Phalaropes breed in the far north of North America, Europe and Asia. They winter off the coasts of North America, South America and Africa. They are rare visitors to the San Francisco Bay Area since they spend most of their time at sea.

Red Phalaropes eat a variety of invertebrates including insects, mollusks, and crustaceans on breeding grounds. At sea they will pick parasites from the backs of whales.

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