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Greater Yellowlegs -
(Tringa melanoleuca) 



  • Tall shorebird
  • Spotted brown above, light below
  • Breeding birds have streaking and spotting on neck, chest and sides
  • Long yellow legs, long neck, long bill
  • White rump
  • Larger than similar Lesser Yellowlegs
  • 12" (30.5 cm.)


  • Large variety of wetlands

Additional Information

  • Fairly common migrant
  • Active feeder -- sometimes runs in water to catch prey
  • Eats aquatic insects and small fish
  • Gives piercing "tew-tew-tew" call

Comparable Species

  • Lesser Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs wading in shallow water

Greater Yellowlegs at the pond edge 


Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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