Sunday 16 June 2019

The Phalarope Dad

This Fathers' Day, meet a dad with a difference- the male Phalarope! Phalaropes are shorebirds known for two very unusual characteristics: one, feeding by creating whirlpools and raising food from the bottom of the water, and two, their polyandrous mating system! Females mate with several males and it is the fathers that are assigned all nesting duties!

The comic appears in my column with Sunday Mid-Day. Happy Fathers' Day to all dads tame and wild.

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