Uncommon passage migrant, rare summer visitor. In Kuwait often observed in both fresh and salt water habitats.
Where in Kuwait
It frequents inland saline pools as well as, sewage-ponds and coastal marshes primarily in the Jahra Bay area. Up to 120 at Jahra East Outfall recorded in mid April 2009. They feed in a way that is unique amongst waders. They swim rapidly round in circles, picking off insects and other water-living creatures as they appear on the surface of the pool.
In the world
They have the widest range of all Phalaropes but have a decreasing population. They breed on the sub-arctic tundra of Europe, Asia and North America. It is fully migratory and travels over land on both broad and narrow fronts using favoured lakes as staging points on route. Phalaropes are waders, and unusual amongst birds in that the female is more brightly coloured than the male. This is chiefly because the male does all the work of incubation and, being a ground-nesting bird, he needs to be less conspicuous.
Habitat loss and degradation