Red Phalarope

      Phalaropus fulicarius

      Information

      The Red Phalarope sometimes occurs on our lakes especially after autumn storms when it is driven inland on its migration between the Arctic Ocean and tropical seas. When feeding, it is constantly moving, bobbing up and down on the waves like a cork and frantically picking tiny prey from the surface of the water.

      Voice

      Status (in CH)
      irregular migrant, extremely rare winter visitor
      Annual cycle
      The bar on the top line indicates during which seasons the species can be observed regularly in Switzerland. There can be great seasonal fluctuations of numbers. The middle bar indicates the typical migration seasons of a species. The bottom bar indicates the period during which the species normally breeds. As a rule it spans the period from egg-laying to fledging of the young.
      Annual cycle
      Annual cycle

      Facts

      Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
      -
      Migration behaviour
      long-distance migrant
      Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
      Diurnal and nocturnal migrant
      Length (cm)
      20-22
      wing span (cm)
      36-41
      Weight (g)
      50-75
      Nest site
      ground
      Food
      insects, crustaceans
      Group
      Sandpipers and allies
      Habitat
      wetlands, lakes, rivers & streams