Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Interesting Fact: Phalaropes

Did you know? . . . that female phalaropes are more brightly colored than male phalaropes.  In most bird species this is opposite; the males are more brightly colored than the females.  It makes sense when you think of the breeding strategy of phalaropes; the male and female roles are reversed.  The male sits on the nest and takes care of the young while the female moves on to the next male.  When there are multiple male mates for every female it is known as Polyandry, which is one of the least utilized breeding strategies in birds.

Male Wilson's Phalarope

Female Wilson's Phalarope

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