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Point Pelee National Park of Canada

Birds of Point Pelee National Park

Image of: Phalarope, Red
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Phalarope, Red
-Phalaropus fulicaria (Linnaeus)

A sandpiper-like shorebird with scalloped membranes along the sides of the front toes is a phalarope. Front toes half-webbed at bases. In breeding plumage the entire under parts (except blackish throat) are chestnut red, quite unlike any other phalarope. Adults and young in autumn are mainly white below and similar to the other species. In any plumage the broader, flattened bill of the Red Phalarope is diagnostic compared with the slender bill of the other two species.