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Wilson's Phalarope
Steganopus tricolor

Shorebirds
Sandpipers and Snipes (Scolopacidae)

Size: Length: 22-24 cm

Description: A rare migrant and occasional nester, Wilson's phalarope resembles a swimming sandpiper. Their long legs have lobed toes with webbing at the base. They often swim in circles, collecting insects from on or near the water's surface. Brightly coloured, Wilson's phalarope has a dark upper body, and a white underside. The head has a gray crown which extends down the nape of the neck. In females, which are more brightly coloured than the males, the side of the face is white, divided by a prominent black stripe running through the eye, and then continuing down the sides of the neck. This stripe is rust coloured in the drab male. The throat is white, but beneath it is a rusty ring. The beak is black, as are the legs. The female mates with numerous males. After mating the guys are left to tend the nest while she defends the turf against other females. The actual nests are depressions in the ground, lightly lined with grasses. They are usually near the water.

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