17cm to 19cm
32cm to 41cm
27g to 48g
The red-necked phalarope is a small and delicate wader that spends most of their time on the water. These birds have toes (unlike other phalaropes), which makes them strong swimmers out at sea or on pools. Although they spend most of their time in the water, they still do have the ability to run fast on the land - which they still do a fair bit.
Male red-necked phalaropes are duller coloured compared to the females. The males do also look after the eggs and young birds.
Their diets mainly consist of insects.
Belonging to a group of birds generally called waders or shorebirds, the common sandpiper prefers freshwater habitats as opposed to saltwater locations.