Phalaropes
are slender-necked shore birds. The three species in the genus Phararopus are:

Red Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius, called Grey Phalarope in Europe
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus
Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor


Red and Red-necked Phalaropes are unusual among shorebirds in that they are pelagic, that is, they spend a great deal of their lives outside the breeding season well out to sea. Phalaropes are unusually halophilic (salt-loving) and feed in great numbers in saline lakes or open oceans. The Red-phalarope in these photos were taken 40miles out to sea.