Wilson's Phalarope Steganopus tricolor
(aka Phalaropus tricolor)

Chilean name: Pollito de mar tricolor

Wilson's Phalarope, Lago Villarica, Chile, November 2005 - click for larger image Chile and Peru

The rather distant photo 1 was taken on a rainy day and is merely a record shot of one of the six Wilson's Phalarope seen on Lago Villarica. The nearby coot gives the scale of the delicate bird in its non-breeding plumage.

Wilson's Phalarope, San Jose, Lambayeque, Peru, October 2018 - click for larger image

Wilson's Phalarope breeds on wetlands on the prairies of North America and migrate to west and south South America around October returning north in March. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is the only one of the 3 phalaropes that winters inland. The American populations of both Red-necked Phalarope P. lobatus and Red Phalarope P. fulicaria winter off the Pacific coast of South America.

Wilson's Phalarope, San Jose, Lambayeque, Peru, October 2018 - click for larger image

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