Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor

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Breeding female

Small shorebird with long legs, a slender neck, and a very thin, straight, bill. Breeding females are more brightly colored than males with a dark stripe down the neck, a blue-gray back, and a peachy neck.

Breeding male

Slender shorebird with a thin bill. Males are often duller than females, lacking the black neck stripe.

Juvenile

Juveniles have a dark cap and scaly-looking backs that vary in color from grayish to rusty.

Breeding male

In flight, note white rump, grayish tail, and plain grayish wings.

Juvenile

Slender shorebird with a long, thin bill. Juveniles have a dark cap and a scaly-looking back that varies from grayish to rusty. Sits high in the water.

Juvenile

Juveniles and nonbreeding adults have yellow legs. When foraging on land moves quickly and frantically.

Juvenile with Semipalmated Sandpiper

Larger than "peep" sandpipers (like Semipalmated, at right). Juveniles and nonbreeding adults have yellow legs. Juveniles have a dark cap and white neck and belly.

Nonbreeding adult

When foraging on land moves quickly, often in a crouched position.

Nonbreeding adult

Note white neck and belly, thin bill, and slender-bodied look.

Adult

Regularly swims in open water and often spins in circles to bring small food items within reach of its slender bill. Sits high in the water.

Habitat

Breeds in marshes and spends winters in South America, mainly on high lakes in the Andes. On migration, large numbers congregate on salty lakes and coastal marshes of western North America.

Recommended Citation

Wilson's Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/wilpha