- 9.1–9.8 in
- 23.2–25.2 in
- 2.4–3.3 oz
- Petit chevalier (French)
- Patamarilla menor (Spanish)
- Both the male and female Lesser Yellowlegs provide parental care to the young, but the female tends to leave the breeding area before the chicks can fly, thus leaving the male to defend the young until fledging.
Breeds in open boreal forest with scattered shallow wetlands. Winters in wide variety of shallow fresh and saltwater habitats.
Aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates, particularly flies and beetles. Occasionally small fish and seeds.
- Egg Description
- Gray with brown markings.
- Condition at Hatching
- Downy and able to walk. Leave nest in a few hours after hatching and feed themselves.
Depression in ground or moss, lined with dry grass, decayed leaves, spruce needles or other debris, placed on dry, mossy ridges or hummocks, next to fallen branches and logs, and underneath low shrubs.
Active forager, walks through shallow water and picks up prey on or below water surface, dashes after prey on land.
This species is on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List, which lists species most in danger of extinction without significant conservation action.
- Tibbitts, T. L., and W. Moskoff. 1999. Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes). In The Birds of North America, No. 427 (A.Poole and F.Gill,eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.