Red-necked Phalarope

Phalaropus lobatus

Breeding in marshy margins of our lakes and ponds, this shorebird is often seen acting more like a duck as it swims (often spinning like a top) around picking at invertebrate prey. In a bit of avian role reversal, it is the female phalarope that has the brighter plumage to attract a mate. She maintains the territory, but after laying eggs she leaves the care of the precocial chicks to the male. Red-necked Phalarope are easily distinguished by their striped mantle, chestnut necks, black face, white throat with a long, thin bill.