Phalaropus tricolor; also Steganopus tricolor
Areas with water of varying salinity levels, whether it is a shore, a mountain forest, a desert lake, or a grassland area
Southern tip and far western parts of South America, through Central America, and throughout the western parts of North America into northern Canada, depending on the season
Least Concern (IUCN Red List)
This species is
to the Truckee Meadows.
Wilson’s Phalaropes have stilt like legs, and longer, black, thin, straight beaks. These birds are peach and gray with females having more color than males. They may be observed spinning in the water which creates a vortex through which they find small invertebrates to eat. Wilson’s Phalaropes have also been known to stand still in order to catch insects that fly by them. Wilson’s Phalaropes travel in very large flocks as they migrate from South America to North America and back again.
Wilson's Phalaropes are considered shorebirds.
Wilson’s Phalaropes males tend to the young who leave the nest within a few days of being hatched.
While migrating, Wilson’s Phalaropes double their weight while resting on the salt water lakes on their routes.
Wilson’s Phalaropes egg clutches almost always contain four eggs.
There have been sightings of them at Pyramid Lake.
Cornell Ornithology Lab, All About Birds, Wilson’s Phalarope, website 2021. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Wilsons_Phalarope/overview
National Audubon Society, Guide to North American Birds, Wilson’s Phalarope, website 2021 https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/wilsons-phalarope
IUCN Redlist, Wilson’s Phalarope, website 2021, assessed 2016. https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22693472/934096343
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