Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes



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Breeding adult

Dainty shorebird with bright yellow legs and a thin bill. Breeding birds have variable amounts of streaking on the breast with only a bit of barring on the flanks.

Nonbreeding adult

Small-headed and dainty shorebird with bright yellow legs and a thin bill. Nonbreeding birds have sparse streaking on the neck that often looks smudgy.


Medium-sized, dainty shorebird with a thin bill and bright yellow legs. Juveniles have less distinct markings on the breast, which tends to make the breast look smudgy.


Slender shorebird with a thin bill. Juveniles often have fine spotting on the back and a cap-headed look.


In flight, note white rump and plain wings.

Breeding adult

Breeds in open boreal forest with scattered shallow wetlands. Winters in a wide variety of shallow fresh and saltwater habitats.

Recommended Citation

Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/lesyel