Red-necked Phalarope

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)

Location: There were 3 confirmed records: Tuas marshes (November 1994), Singapore Straits (April 2011) and Pulau Tekong (November 2016).


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2019). Phalaropus lobatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Lim, K. S., Chia, A., Yong, D. L., & Chew, J. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.