GREATER YELLOWLEGS

GREATER YELLOWLEGS (Tringa melanoleuca)

The greater yellowlegs is a common shorebird that breeds on the island. ‘Greater’ implies that there’s also a similar ‘lesser’ yellowlegs. The greater yellowlegs feeds from various insects and crustaceans found in shallow waters. It is around 16 inches long (40 cm). The bill is dark and longer than the head. Plumage is brown on top with fine white stripes, and white for the abdomen.

Greater Yellowlegs with its feet visible - Souris area, PEI - July 27, 2017
Greater Yellowlegs with its feet visible – Souris area, PEI – July 27, 2017 – Roberta Palmer
Greater YellowLEG with one leg up - Souris River, PEI - Oct. 17, 2017 - © Marcy Robertson
Greater YellowLEG with one leg up – Souris River, PEI – Oct. 17, 2017 – © Marcy Robertson
Greater yellowlegs in flight - New London area, PEI - Sept. 5, 2016 - by Chris Rice
Greater yellowlegs in flight – New London area, PEI – Sept. 5, 2016 – by Chris Rice
Greater yellowlegs - Brackley Bay, PEI - May 3, 2017 - by Marie Smith
Greater yellowlegs – Brackley Bay, PEI – May 3, 2017 – by Marie Smith
Greater yellowlegs in flight in the New London area - Sept. 5, 2016 - by Chris Rice
Greater yellowlegs in flight in the New London area – Sept. 5, 2016 – by Chris Rice

The video below shows two greater yellowlegs near the shore of Egmont Bay (the voice is from wildlife biologist Rosemary Curley).

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