French: Phalarope à bec étroit German: Odinshühnchen Spanish: Falaropo picofino
Hudson Bay, Canada
Circumpolar, in coastal regions of Arctic Ocean, S to Aleutians and British Is. Winters pelagically off CW South America, in Arabian Sea and from C Indonesia to W Melanesia.
18–19 cm; 20–48 g; wingspan 32–41 cm. Smallest phalarope, with needle-like bill (19–23 mm long) and slender neck; toes lobed; wings 20% shorter than... read more
Song is a warbling or twittering sound, described as a continuous and rapidly repeated “... read more
Breeds from coast to interior of Arctic, to lower latitudes than P. fulicarius; on tundra... read more
Food and feeding
During breeding season, chiefly insects, especially dipteran flies and their larvae, as well as beetles, caddisflies, ants and bugs; also... read more
Lays Jun in Fennoscandia, or from mid May in North America, with evidence that breeding regimes are advancing in date in response to... read more
Migrates overland more than P. fulicarius and spends non-breeding season pelagically.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total breeding population in Eurasia estimated at 500,000–1,000,000+ birds, with majority in Russia; Nearctic population... read more
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