Red-necked Phalarope

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Scientific Name: Phalaropus lobatus
Malay Name: Kedidi-Jarum Leher Merah
Chinese Name: 红颈瓣蹼鹬

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


Size: 17-19 cm

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: Very rare migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)

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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.