Phalaropus lobatus   (Linnaeus,  1758) (Bird)
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Class: Aves

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Size: 18-19 cm. Range mass: 20 to 48 g. Wingspan of 31 to 34 cm

Voice: Generally silent, twick in flight.

Habits: Pelagic, gregarious offshore, swims buoyantly like a cork and spins round, extremely tame in freshwater, also wades when foraging.

Female brighter and larger, A sandpiper-like bird with blackish bill. Non-breeding (winter): Crown, nape, a broad line through eyes and legs blackish, remaining upperparts grey streaked with white, forehead, unederparts and wing-bar white. Breeding (summer): Upperparts blackish-grey, sides of neck and foreneck rich rufous forming a broad band. Male duller, the rufous band divided by dark grey on the foreneck.

Breeding season: It breeds from late-May to August. Nest- The nest is a shallow scrape on bare ground or amongst sparse vegetation in sedge thickets or damp, grassy or hummocky areas close to water. Eggs- 4(occasionally 3)

Synonym (s)
Lobipes lobatus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Name (s)
• Rednecked Phalarope (English)
• Red-necked Phalarope (English)
• Chanchal, Laldok chanchal (Gujrati)
• Neer moozhki (Tamil)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Ecosystem balance
(Probably the most significant feature of the phalarope is that it will eat the larvae of mosquitoes. As mosquitoes are a serious pest in certain locations around the world, the presence of the red-necked phalarope may have a small impact on these populations.)

Habitat:  Pelagic, Estuarine, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Chiefly plankton, insects and larvae, also small crustaceans, molluscs and worms.
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• Makran Coast PAKISTAN
• Gujarat, Saurashtra (Lat: 21.97) (Long: 70.5) INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Kerela, Kuttanad wetlands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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