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Scientific Name : Phalaropus lobatus
Family : Scolopacidae
Order : Charadriiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Wetlands
Description : The red-necked phalarope is a small bird, about 18-20 cm (7-8 inches) in length, with a wingspan of 34-38 cm (13-15 inches). It has a plump body, long thin beak, and webbed feet. During breeding season, the female has a striking red neck, while the male is duller in color. The red-necked phalarope can be found in the Arctic tundra and subarctic regions of North America, Europe, and Asia. It nests on the ground in marshy areas or on floating vegetation. The red-necked phalarope is a unique bird in that it feeds primarily on small aquatic invertebrates such as crustaceans, insects, and mollusks. It uses its webbed feet to swim and spin around on the surface of the water, creating a vortex that brings food to the surface. The red-necked phalarope is a long-distance migrant and spends the winter in the open ocean, mainly in the tropical and subtropical regions of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. During breeding season, the female takes the lead in courtship, and the male takes on most of the incubation and parental care duties. The red-necked phalarope is also known for its unusual mating system, in which females are more brightly colored and aggressive than males, and may mate with multiple males. The red-necked phalarope is currently listed as a species of "Least Concern" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), due to its relatively large and stable population size. However, like many Arctic-breeding birds, it may be vulnerable to the effects of climate change and habitat loss in the future.
Distribution in Bangladesh
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: Mike Baird(www.inaturalist.org/people/Mike Baird),photo shared from iNaturalist, photo copyright reserved according to iNaturalist rules;Stanislas Wrozamore information, please contact us.