The Red-necked Phalarope is the smallest Phalarope and member of the Phalaropodinae family. The species has a length of 18–19 cm, a wingspan of 31–34 cm and a weight of 34 g. It is a distinctive marine wader with a small head, slender neck, short straight needle-like bill, short legs and feet with lobed toes. In flight, all plumages show bold white wing-bar, white sides to a dark-centred rump and uppertail coverts. The species has white underwings with contrasting dark trailing edge and markings on the coverts. The Red-necked Phalarope along with Grey Phalaropes are the only waders occurring regularly at sea. They mainly winter at sea around the tropics, but are occasionally seen on coastal and inland wetlands (Higgins & Davies 1996).
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Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Species Profile and Threats Database, Phalaropus lobatus
Threats Top Global Threats There are a number of threats that affect migratory shorebirds in the Flyway.
Global warming and associated changes in sea level are likely to have a long term impact on the breeding; staging and non breeding grounds of migratory waders (Harding et al. 2007).