What the heck is a phalarope?


I found this little treasure on a postcard which was sent to me by the California State Parks Foundation…..

bird-Phalarope“A phalarope or wadepiper is any of three living species of slender-necked shorebirds, they are close relatives of the shanks and tattlers, the Actitis and Terek sandpipers, and also of the turnstones and calidrids.

They are especially notable for two things: their unusual nesting behavior, and their unique feeding technique.”

Source cited: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phalarope

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