Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

A Spin on Sex Roles: Wilson's Phalarope

female Wilson's Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)
Credit Dominic Sherony

"Fieldnotes," August 25th & 26th, 2013: "Wilson's Phalarope," by Nicole Schegg.  http://www.montananaturalist.org/

For "Fieldnotes:" Nicole Schegg on "Wilson's Phalarope."

"Wilson's Phalaropes are the exception to the rule in the bird rule, because the typical sex roles are reversed. These birds are polyandrous, which means that the female mates with several males. The females are more boldly patterned than the males. The females chase the males, display courting behavior, and the  male is responsible for incubating the eggs."

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