Grey Phalarope (Non - breeding plumage)
Grey Phalarope (Breeding plumage)
Grey Phalarope (Breeding plumage)
Grey Phalarope
Scientific Name 
Phalaropus fulicarius
Arabic Name 
الطيطوى الرمادية
Kuwaiti name 
42.0 cm
21.0 cm
Least Concern


Extremely rare vagrant in both spring and autumn. Very much a marine wader, normally found at sea in the non-breeding season, except when driven by storms to inland waters.
Where in Kuwait 
A rare bird in Kuwait with only 5 records and all from the Jahra Bay area
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with a decreasing population and is a full migrant that travels via marine routes and has been observed migrating 80-160 km offshore. It breeds in the Arctic regions of North America, Europe and Asia and typically winters at lower latitudes, off of western South America and south-western Africa. Outside of the breeding season this species is pelagic. It is an unusual wading bird, not just because it spends up to 11 months of the year far out at sea, but also because the female is larger than the male and displays more flamboyant colouration during the breeding season.
Local threats 
Habitat loss and oil pollution