Notice for readers: On March 31, Neotropical Birds will be integrated into the new Birds of the World, a powerful research database offering species accounts for every species on earth. Learn more at While Birds of the World is a subscription service, we remain committed to offering this content to Neotropical Birds contributors and to those unable to pay for it through our scholarship program. Stay tuned.

Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes



Powered by Macaulay Library and eBird

Photos from this Account

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: