- 11.4–13 in
- 23.6 in
- 3.9–8.3 oz
- Grand chevalier à pattes jaunes (French)
- Patamarilla mayor (Spanish)
- Although the Greater Yellowlegs is common and widespread, its low densities and tendency to breed in inhospitable, mosquito-ridden muskegs make it one of the least-studied shorebirds on the continent.
Breeds in muskeg, wet bogs with small wooded islands, and forests (usually coniferous) with abundant clearings. Winters in wide variety of shallow fresh and saltwater habitats.
Small aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates, small fish, frogs, and occasionally seeds and berries.
- Egg Description
- Gray to brown with dark markings.
- Condition at Hatching
- Downy and able to walk. Leave nest in a few hours after hatching and feed themselves.
Shallow scrape or depression in moss or peat on ground, lined with dead leaves, lichens, grasses, and short, thin spruce twigs
Wades in water and picks up prey it sees, sweeps bill side-to-side through water to catch prey by feel.
Populations appear stable.
- Elphick, C. S., and T. L. Tibbitts. 1998. Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca). In The Birds of North America, No. 355 (A. Poole and F. Gill,eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.