Red-necked Phalarope

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Scientific Name: Phalaropus lobatus

Malay Name: Kedidi-Jarum Leher Merah

Chinese Name: 红颈瓣蹼鹬

Range: Found throughout northern Holarctic and winters to the Arabian Sea, Southeast Asia and offshore Peru

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 17-19 cm

Identification: Non-breeding adult has mostly greyish upperparts, whitish underparts, isolated blackish mask and needle-like blackish bill. Juvenile resembles non-breeding adult but has darker to blackish crown, upperparts and wing-coverts.

Habitat: Open sea, marshes near the coast and mudflats.

Behaviour/Ecology: Mostly winters at open sea.

Local Status: Vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)

Past records in our database:

Showing only accepted records. Note that records currently under review are also not displayed, and the list may not be a full list of records of this species in Singapore. For more details, check the database here.

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus
Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
Peak week Sep 24-Sep 30
Early date 28 Sep 2019
Late date 17 Apr 2011
One record of 14 birds on 28 Sep 2019 is the highest ever count of this species in Singapore. Two of its five records are from pelagic trips.


BirdLife International. (2019). Phalaropus lobatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.

Lim, K. S. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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