Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)

A medium-sized shorebird breeding at clearings near ponds in the boreal forest from Alaska to Quebec. The species forages in shallow waters, eating insects, small fish and crustaceans. In winter the bird migrates South to the gulf of Mexico and South America.

How To Identify

The species is similar in appearance to the Greater Yellowlegs, both having yellow legs but the beak of this species is shorter (about the same length as the head) and uniformly dark.

Where and When to Spot

I spotted this species only in May in Tadoussac.

Common Names

Kleiner Gelbschenkel [de]
Lesser Yellowlegs [en]
Pitotoy chico [es]
Petit Chevalier [fr]


Tringa flavipes

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