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Lesser Yellowlegs Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A slender and elegant, medium-sized shorebirds with long legs and a long neck. The bill is straight and thin, only slightly longer than the bird's head (shorter and straighter than Greater Yellowlegs' bill).

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Dunlin, smaller than a Greater Yellowlegs.

    Relative Sizebetween robin and crowbetween robin and crow

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 9.1-10.6 in (23-27 cm)
      • Weight: 2.8-3.2 oz (79.5-90.9 g)
      • Wingspan: 23.2-25.2 in (59-64 cm)