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Red (Grey) Phalarope Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Phalaropus fulicaria
Family : Scolopacidae
Order : Charadriiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Wetlands
Description : They are about 18-20 cm (7-8 inches) in length and have a wingspan of approximately 30-35 cm (12-14 inches). During the breeding season, the birds have a bright red neck, grey-brown back, and white underparts. Outside of breeding season, their plumage is much duller, with a white face and throat, and grey-brown back and wings. They are unusual among shorebirds in that they spend much of their time on the open ocean, rather than on shore. They feed by spinning rapidly in circles on the water, creating a vortex that brings small aquatic creatures to the surface where they can be easily picked off. Their diet consists of insects, crustaceans, and small fish. During the breeding season, Red-necked Phalaropes are found on tundra ponds and pools. During migration and in winter, they can be found at sea, often far from shore. They are listed as a species of "Least Concern" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). However, they are still vulnerable to the effects of climate change, pollution, and oil spills.
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Grimmett et al, 2011, Birds of the Indian Subcontinent, Oxford University Press, India, taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;photo credit: Paul Cools(www.inaturalist.org/people/Paul Cools),photo shared from iNaturalist, photo copyright reserved according to iNaturalist rules;more information, please contact us.