phalarope

Definitions of phalarope
  1. noun
    small sandpiper-like shorebird having lobate toes and being good swimmers; breed in the Arctic and winter in the tropics
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    types:
    Phalaropus fulicarius, red phalarope
    phalarope of northern oceans and lakes
    Lobipes lobatus, northern phalarope
    breeds in Arctic regions of Old and New Worlds; large flocks often seen far out at sea
    Steganopus tricolor, Wilson's phalarope
    breeds on the northern great plains of Canada
    type of:
    limicoline bird, shore bird, shorebird
    any of numerous wading birds that frequent mostly seashores and estuaries
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