Lesser Yellowlegs

The Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) is species of shorebird found from Alaska to Quebec. It is found in clearings near ponds in boreal forest. It nests on the ground, mainly in open dry areas. It is migratory and winters along the Gulf Coast of the United States and south to South America. It is a common visitor to western Europe, and has even wintered over in Great Britain.

This is a medium-sized bird with long yellow legs and a long thin dark bill. The bill is nearly the same length as the head. The body is gray-brown on top and white underneath. The neck and breast are streaked with dark brown. The tail is white. It is similar in appearance to the Greater Yellowlegs. Although similar in appearance, it is not closely related to this bird. The fine, clear and dense patterns of the neck shown in breeding plumage indicates its closer relationship to the rather dissimilar Willet.

The Lesser Yellowlegs forages in shallow water, sometimes using the bill to stir up the water. Their diet is mainly insects, small fish and crustaceans. It has a soft call, softer than the Greater Yellowlegs.

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