DSC_0001Red-necked Phalaropes. These sandpipers spend most of their time feeding at sea, but travel to the arctic to breed. Interestingly, the normal bird reproductive roles are reversed in this species. Females, which have brighter plumage, arrive at the breeding grounds first, fight each other to establish territories, and subsequently fight over males. Once the eggs are laid, the females leave the males to incubate the eggs and care for the chicks.


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