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Greater Yellowlegs Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Large and lanky for a shorebird, with very long legs, a long neck, and a thick-based, slightly upturned bill.

    Relative Size

    About 50% larger than a Lesser Yellowlegs, smaller than a Marbled Godwit.

    Relative Sizebetween robin and crowbetween robin and crow

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 11.4-13.0 in (29-33 cm)
      • Weight: 4.5-7.7 oz (128-219 g)
      • Wingspan: 23.6 in (60 cm)