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Lesser Yellowlegs

Tringa flavipes

Very similar to the Greater Yellowlegs, the Lesser Yellowlegs is about half the weight of the Greater. Bill length is shorter as well. Nesting for this bird is more northward and winter range is more southerly than its larger cousin. I met this bird often on its nesting grounds when I was traveling through the Yukon and Alaska.

At a distance and without a reliable size comparison, differentiating the Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs is a tricky proposition. While the general appearance of each bird is similar, the Lesser Yellowlegs is smaller and the bill length is shorter, relative to the head. Their vocalizations are nearly the same, though some have observed the calls of the Greater Yellowlegs is harsher, and louder and clearer, than the Lesser Yellowlegs.

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