Family Sandpipers, Snipes, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Least Concern

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)


French: Phalarope à bec étroit German: Odinshühnchen Spanish: Falaropo picofino

Tringa tobata

[sic] Linnaeus

, 1758,

Hudson Bay, Canada


Sometimes placed in monospecific genus Lobipes. Monotypic.


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.

Descriptive notes

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

Recommended citation

Van Gils, J., Wiersma, P., Kirwan, G.M. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 24 February 2020).