LESSER YELLOWLEGS – (Tringa flavipes)
The Lesser yellowlegs has bright yellow long and slender legs and a black bill about the same length as the head, which helps to differentiate it from the Greater yellowlegs. The top parts are mottled brown, and the under parts are white, except the breast and neck which are white with brown streaks. It is around 24 cm (9 in.) long including the legs. It is a shorebird in the sandpiper family.
The Latin word ‘flavipes’ means ‘yellow foot’, and ‘tringa’ refers to a bird with a white rump and a bobbing tail in ancient Greece. This movement can be seen in the video below.
The lesser yellowlegs feeds on small invertebrates. It builds its nest on the ground in well hidden areas.
The lesser yellowlegs is common in PEI in summer and fall, but is not known to breed on the island. It breeds in the northwest boreal forests of Canada and in Alaska. When it is seen in PEI it is during its migration. This bird’s wintering range is around the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, and South America.