Lesser Yellowlegs

: The Long-Legged Beauty

The Lesser Yellowlegs, also known as Tringa flavipes, is a beautiful species of wading birds that belong to the Scolopacidae family. These birds are migratory and can be found in North and South America. If you’re interested in these lovely creatures, read on to learn more about them!

Basic Description

The Lesser Yellowlegs stands out for its long yellow legs and straight bill with a slight curve at the tip. It has grayish-brown feathers with white underparts, which help it blend into the mudflats where it feeds. The bird measures around 9-11 inches in length, making it slightly smaller than its relative – Greater Yellowlegs.

Where To Find This Bird

During migration season (September-November), you can find Lesser Yellowlegs all over North America from Alaska down to Central America. They prefer wetland habitats such as marshes, mudflats or shallow ponds but they can also be seen along coastlines or on beaches.


Lesser Yellowlegs likes living near water sources like rivers and lakes during breeding season while moving towards estuaries or coastal areas during winter migration. They create their nests close to these bodies of water by scraping out small indentations in the mud using their bills.


These shorebirds feed mainly on insects such as flies beetles butterflies and other aquatic larvae that they scoop up using their long bills while wading through shallow waters.. During non-breeding season when food becomes scarce they will switch up their diet from insects to crustaceans like crabs or mollusks.

Cool Facts

1) Although Lesser Yellowleg’s name suggests otherwise they have longer legs compared to Greater yellowleg.
2) They are one of few bird species who use “foot-trembling” display movements both for territorial purposes against other males chasing off females attempting courtship.
3) Lesser yellowlegs are one of the most vocal shorebirds, they use a sharp “tu-tu” call to communicate with other birds.
4) These birds follow an interesting migratory pattern. They move from their breeding grounds in Canada and Alaska, down toward Mexico then fly across the Gulf of Mexico to reach South America.
5) Their lifespan is around 5 years in the wild.

In Conclusion

The Lesser Yellowlegs is truly a unique bird species with some very interesting attributes. With its long legs and straight bill, it stands out among many wading birds. If you’re lucky enough to spot one during migration season or while exploring wetland habitats be sure to take note of their intricate nesting habits and distinctive calls!