Red Phalarope

The Red Phalarope is a fascinating bird that belongs to the family of sandpipers. This species has unique characteristics, making it easy to distinguish from other birds in its family.

Basic Description

The Red Phalarope is a small bird with a distinctive appearance. It measures around 7 inches (18 cm) in length and weighs approximately 2 ounces (60 g). The bird’s plumage changes during breeding season, with females having brighter red feathers than males. During non-breeding season, their plumage turns into dull-grayish brown with white underparts.

Where To Find This Bird

Red Phalaropes have a circumpolar breeding range in the Arctic region. They breed on wet tundra areas near freshwater lakes or ponds where they can easily find their food source. During migration periods, these birds can be found along coastlines or large bodies of water such as oceans, bays or estuaries.


As mentioned earlier, Red Phalaropes prefer breeding on wet tundra habitats where they build nests lined with lichens and grasses close to water sources. They tend to migrate towards open sea environments during winter seasons while some may also stay near coasts foraging for food.


Red phalaropes are omnivorous creatures who feed mostly on aquatic insects, crustaceans like amphipods and copepods found in freshwater ponds but mainly feed on zooplankton by pecking at them while swimming near the surface of the water using their fine bill technique that strains small organisms from larger ones called filter-feeding.

Cool Facts

One cool fact about this species is that male Red Phalaropes play an active parental role during incubation period which lasts up to three weeks after laying eggs before hatching occurs instead of females allowing them more time feeding before migrating southwards. Additionally, both sexes have webbed feet adapted for swimming as well as waterproof feathers that help them float and stay dry even when diving underwater.

In conclusion, the Red Phalarope is an interesting bird known for its striking appearance, unique habitat preferences, feeding habits and remarkable parental care. It’s a species worth conserving to ensure they continue thriving in their natural environment.