Wilson's Phalarope (species: Phalaropus tricolor) in taxonomy (Gaia Guide)
Phalaropus tricolor
Wilson's Phalarope

©Dominic Sherony: Wilson's Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)

©Len Blumin: Juvenile

©photogramma1: Wilson's Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor) - breeding season plumage
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Scolopacidae
Genus Phalaropus
Species Phalaropus tricolor
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It is a unique, dainty shorebird with lobed toes and a straight fine black bill. The breeding female is predominantly gray and brown above, with white underparts, a reddish neck and reddish flank patches. The breeding male is a duller version of the female, with a brown back, and the reddish patches reduced or absent. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 24 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 43 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Wilson's Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)

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