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Photo © by bcurrie
Near Corinne, Utah, July 2003
Tringa flavipes


Photo © by bobsofpa
Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Florida, USA, April 2008

23-25 cm (9-9¾ in) length, 59-64 cm wingspan, 48-114 g weight.

  • Bright long yellow legs in all plumages


  • Upperparts grey-brown with white spotting
  • Long, thin dark bill, which is virtually straight
  • Underparts white
  • Neck and breast have dark brown streaks
  • The tail is white with darker barring
  • Square white rump
  • Very short supercilium

Similar Species

Larger Greater Yellowlegs; Common Redshank, which has red legs; Wood Sandpiper which may occasionally show yellowish (rather than green legs), but has a longer supercillium. Marsh Sandpiper is structurally similar, but has duller greenish-yellow legs, and a more extensive inverted-V shaped white rump extending up the back.


Breeds in Alaska, Canada and the United States. Winters south to Tierra del Fuego and Galapagos.

Frequent vagrant to Europe, usually in the autumn; most records are from the British Isles.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Marshes, mudflats, shores, and pond edges. In summer, open boreal woods.



Trails feet in flight. Has a similar outline to Wood Sandpiper.


They nest on the ground, usually in open dry locations.


Their main diet consists of insects, small fish and crustaceans which they gather from shallow water. They sometimes use their bill to agitate the water.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
  3. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6
  4. Wikipedia

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