French: Phalarope à bec large German: Thorshühnchen Spanish: Falaropo picogrueso
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Hudson Bay, Canada
Circumpolar, on coasts of Arctic Ocean, in Alaska, Canada, W Greenland, Iceland, Bear I, Svalbard, Novaya Zemlya and C & E Siberia. Winters pelagically mainly off W South America and W & SW Africa; less numerous in America N to California and in CW Atlantic N to North Carolina.
20–22 cm; 37–77 g; wingspan 37–40 cm. Larger and chunkier than P. lobatus, with broader, heavier and mainly yellow bill. Reversed sexual dimorphism... read more
Most vocalizations heard only on breeding grounds, but flight call also commonly heard at sea;... read more
Most pelagic of phalaropes. Breeds near coast (sometimes very close to it), on marshy tundra with... read more
Food and feeding
During breeding season takes invertebrates, including insects and their larvae, such as dipteran flies, caddisflies, beetles and bugs, also... read more
Lays mid Jun to mid Jul in Iceland, early Jun to early Jul in Russia, earliest late May at southernmost latitudes in North America, with... read more
Migrates almost exclusively via sea routes; observed migrating 80–160 km offshore (often... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Population size 1,000,000–5,000,000 birds of which 1,900,000 in Russia and 1,000,000–2,500,000 in North America, with... read more
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