This tiny shorebird is at home along the shore as well as out in the open ocean. The females are brighter than males (it’s about time!)
The breeding birds are blue-gray with reddish wash on the neck. The females get into crazy fights over the males that they want to mate with, then they do absolutely nothing when it comes to raising the you. Often they will fight over another male and lay more eggs, then leave again!
The Phalarope forage mostly while swimming. They will often spin in circles in the shallow water stirring things up, helping to bring food closer to the surface. Then they will pick their prey from the water’s surface or just below it.
Their diet consists mostly of insects, mollusks and crusteaceans. During migration when they stop at lakes they may eat brine shrimp.