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Red Phalarope Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Red Phalaropes are small shorebirds, but they are the largest and chunkiest of the phalaropes. The neck is relatively short and thick, and the bill is noticeably thicker than the other two species.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Red-necked Phalarope; smaller than a Red Knot.

    Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 7.9-8.7 in (20-22 cm)
      • Weight: 1.5-2.1 oz (42-60 g)
      • Wingspan: 16.1-17.3 in (41-44 cm)