Family:Sandpipers, snipes and phalaropes
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.
The Dunlin is a small wading bird from the sandpiper family Scolopacidae. Dunlins breed across North America and northern Europe, and Asia and are one of the most widely distributed wading birds, with ten subspecies.
Identified as being from a group of birds known as Waders, within North America they are generally referred to as Shorebirds. This monotypic species, a long distance migrant, is considered to have an Amber Conservation Status otherwise known as Near Threatened.
The largest European wading bird, the Eurasian curlew is easy to identify with its elongated bow-shaped bill and spindly legs. In winter groups of curlews known as ‘curfews’ forage together in coastal wetlands, and up to 66,000 pairs breed in the UK and are resident all year round.
Belonging to a group of birds generally called waders or shorebirds, the common sandpiper prefers freshwater habitats as opposed to saltwater locations.
An impressive, proud looking wader with particularly fine summer plumage which migrates south from its northern breeding grounds from July to October, returning for the summer from late February through April.
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