Wilson's Phalarope

Phalaropus tricolor (Vieillot, 1819) WF WILPH 5630
Family: Charadriiformes > Scolopacidae

Wilsons Pharalope, Brendan Doe

First recorded in Britain only around 50 miles from the birthplace of Alexander Wilson, after whom the species is named, Wilson's Phalarope remains a rare, but annual, visitor to Britain & Ireland from North America.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
1.5k records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
1.5k records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


Wilson's Phalarope is a very rare vagrant, mostly recorded in autumn.

Weekly occurence of Wilson's Phalarope from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Wilson's Phalarope, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Llydandroed Wlson
Catalan: escuraflascons de Wilson
Czech: lyskonoh dlouhozobý
Danish: Amerikansk Svømmesneppe
Dutch: Grote Franjepoot
Estonian: suur-veetallaja
Finnish: amerikanvesipääsky
French: Phalarope de Wilson
German: Wilsonwassertreter
Hungarian: Wilson-víztaposó
Icelandic: Freyshani
Irish: Falaróp Wilson
Italian: Falaropo di Wilson
Latvian: Amerikas puslitis
Lithuanian: didysis plaukikas
Norwegian: Hvithalesvømmesnipe
Polish: platkonóg trójbarwny
Portuguese: pisa-n'água
Slovak: lyskonoh trojfarebný
Slovenian: tribarvni liskonožec
Spanish: Falaropo tricolor
Swedish: wilsonsimsnäppa

Links to more information from ConservationEvidence.com

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