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phalarope

(făl`ərōp'), common name for members of the family Phalaropodidae, shore birds, called "little swimming sandpipers." Phalaropes, small, dainty birds with webbed toes, are the most aquatic of the shore birdshore bird,
common name for members of the large order Charadriiformes, which includes birds found on coasts and beaches throughout the world. Included in this group are the avocet, curlew, oyster catcher, phalarope, plover, sandpiper, snipe, and stilt.
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 group. They are unusual in that the female is larger and more brightly colored than the male and is the aggressor in courtship, while the male builds the cup-shaped nest on open tundra, and incubates the eggs, which number three to five per clutch. Their plumage is thick and ducklike; they float buoyantly and swim expertly, dipping their slender bills into the water for food. The Wilson's phalarope, Steganopus tricolor, is the only member of the family that nests in the United States, breeding in marshes of the Great Plains. The northern and red phalaropes, Phalaropus lobatus and P. julicarus, respectively, breed in the Arctic and winter in the S Atlantic. Phalaropes are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Charadriiformes, family Phalaropodidae.
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"It flew so low over the water that its wing tips dragged in the water and flew straight at the phalarope. The bird didn't stand a chance.
Species could be categorized into one of four groups on the basis of similar patterns of density (Table 4): 1) a coastal group that had higher densities on the OCP and included the ruddy turnstone, dunlin, pectoral sandpiper, and red phalarope; 2) a widespread group that had approximately equal densities on the OCP and ICP and included the black-bellied plover, semipalmated sandpiper, longbilled dowitcher, and red-necked phalarope; 3) an inland group that had higher densities on the ICP and included the American golden-plover and stilt sandpiper; and 4) a group of species encountered in low numbers that could not be compared between regions, and which have high uncertainty associated with their estimates (bar-tailed godwit, Baird's sandpiper, and buff-breasted sandpiper).
"The buzzard flew so low its wingtips dragged in the water as it made straight for the phalarope. The poor bird didn't stand a chance.
Wilson's Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor).--Phalaropus tricolor has become quite rare in the Calumet Region during the past decade; consequently, the 28 birds recorded at Roxanna Pond on 9 May 1978 (Kleen 1979) are noteworthy.
Among Lake County notables in 2017 were California gull, yellow-crowned night heron, snowy egret, red-throated loon, red phalarope, white-eyed vireo and black vulture.
In our analysis, uniparental shorebird species included pectoral sandpiper (Calidris melanotos), buff-breasted sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis), and the phalarope species (Phalaropus spp.).
The bird spotters were studying the red-necked phalarope at a wildlife sanctuary when the sparrowhawk pounced.
This month you'll see thousands of migrating Wilson's and red-necked phalarope, along with avocet, killdeer, and gulls.
melanotos), red phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius), red-necked phalarope (P.
The sparrowhawk's meal, a red-necked phalarope, had been dozily wading through shallow water and dipping its beak in the mud when the attacker swooped.
Richard Dunwoody notched his seventh consecutive century at Stratford last night when he scored with Phalarope.
Sabine's Gulls, a Black Tern and a Grey Phalarope flew past the island, and a Nightingale was a good find for the region.