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There are three species of phalaropes seen in Cuba. The Red Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope and the Wilson's Phalarope are all migrants whose nesting grounds are in the northern parts of North America.
Phalaropes differ from most bird species as the female is more colourful than the male. These birds are also known for their feeding performances. They spin themselves in tight circles in the water, creating small whirlpools that bring the food to the surface, where they can reach it. Although, they have legs like sandpipers, phalaropes are very good swimmers and are often seen swimming in ocean waters far from any land mass.