Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius   [Linnaeus, 1758]

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Order: Charadriiformes Family: Stercorariidae
BTO Codes: PL, GREPH EURING No: 5650
Number in Britain: 166 records/year
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: Not a species of concern
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Passage Visitor
Subspecies: Monotypic
Length: 21 cm Wingspan: 42 cm Weight: M: 50 g   F: 63 g    
Scientific name from: Gr.: phalaris=the coot + pous=foot and L.: fulica=the coot + - arius=pertaining to
World Distribution: BREEDS, Greenland, Iceland, n Siberia, n North America, WINTERS: southern oceans south to Antarctica
Habitat: Coastal tundra, on migration seacoasts
Diet: Invertebrates, also plant material (esp seeds) on arrival on breeding grounds
TitBit: In Britain, where we see it in winter dress, it is known as the Grey Phalarope, further north, on its breeding grounds it is more accurately known as the Red Phalarope on account of its stunning breeding plumage.  
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Population and Distribution

Population Trend: No population trend available
Distribution: Atlas Mapstore   
British Population Size:
    Passage: 166 individuals
    First Record: Yorkshire, 1757
    Conservation Status:
   Previous Assessments: 2002-2007 Not Assessed     1996-2001 Not Assessed  
   Races of Concern:
Habitat Occupancy (in the Breeding Season):
    No habitat data from BBS
European Population Size:
    Summer: 390 to 2 thousand pairs
Population Assesment from Birds in Europe
Distribution in Europe mapped by the EBCC Atlas
Listed on the Appendices/Schedules of: Bern(III), Bonn(II), AEWA
Survey Results: Results from BirdTrack

Breeding and Survival

Egg Size: 31 x 22 mm Egg Weight: 7.5 g (of which 5 % is shell)
Number of Nest Records: 0
Clutch Size: 4 eggs
Incubation: 18- 20 days   by the: Male
Fledging: 16 - 18days as: Precocial, downy
First Clutches Laid: Does not breed in Britain, or too few Nest Records
Number of Broods: 1
Number Ringed: Annual Totals
Adult Survival: No data
Juvenile Survival: No data
Age at First Breeding: Typical Lifespan: No data
Maximum Recorded Age: Too few birds ringed
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Ring Size: B2
Wing Length Adult: Insufficient Data
Juvenile: Insufficient Data
Male: Insufficient Data
Female: Insufficient Data
Weight Adult: Insufficient Data
Juvenile: Insufficient Data
Male: Insufficient Data
Female: Insufficient Data

Other Names

Red Phalarope
Gaelic: Liathag-allt Welsh: Llydandroed Llwyd
Danish: Thorshane Dutch: Rosse franjepoot
Finnish: Isovesipääsky French: Phalarope à bec large
German: Thorshühnchen Hungarian: Laposcsoru víztaposó
Icelandic: Þórshani Irish: Falaróp Gobmhór
Italian: Falaropo beccolargo Norwegian: Polarsvømmesnipe
Polish: Platkonóg plaskodzioby Portuguese: Falaropo-de-bico-grosso
Spanish: Falaropo picogrueso Swedish: Brednäbbad simsnäppa

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