Living Bird Magazine
Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
- ORDER: Charadriiformes
- FAMILY: Scolopacidae
The Lesser Yellowlegs is a slender, long-legged shorebird that readily shows off the brightly colored legs that give it its name. It is an active feeder, often running through the shallow water to chase its prey.More ID Info
- Patamarilla Menor (Spanish)
- Petit Chevalier (French)
- Cool Facts
- 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.
- The oldest recorded Lesser Yellowlegs was at least 4 years, 11 months old when it was found in South Dakota in 1965. It had been banded in the Lesser Antilles in 1960.