photo sharing and upload picture albums photo forums search pictures popular photos photography help login
Jeff Wilson | all galleries >> The Spin on Phalaropes in West Tennessee > Wilsons Phalarope - female breeding plumage
previous | next
Wilsons Phalarope - female breeding plumage

Wilsons Phalarope - female breeding plumage

Wilson's are the largest of the phalaropes with females weighing in at 2.1 oz almost twice the 1.2 oz Red-necked. Red Phalaropes run a close second to the Wilson's at a chunky 1.9oz.

In phalaropes the female is the larger and more brightly colored of the pair. She mates with multiple males and leaves them to hatch the eggs and comes back through very early in the summer. I've had breeding plumaged Wilson's females, celebrating on the Gulf Coast by the 4th of July.


other sizes: small medium original
comment | share