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ORDER: Charadriiformes

FAMILY: Scolopacidae

GENUS: Tringa

SPECIES: Tringa melanoleuca


The Greater Yellowlegs is a shorebird located in almost all parts of North and South America, during various seasons.  Tringa melanoleuca is a relatively slender bird with a long neck and a small head.  They have long, bright yellow legs and a long bill in order to feed in tidal areas.  The coloring of T. melanoleuca is grey and white, white on the belly, and grey stripes and spots on the upper half of the body.  They are usually seen standing in the water in wetlands, but are also observed flying, and by a distinct call of high pitched chirps.  It is estimated that the shorebird group originated more than 90 million years ago.  The diverse clade of birds has a remarkable range of behavior, morphology, and life history traits (Gibson 2012).

  • Length: 11.4-13.0 in (29-33 cm)
  • Weight: 4.5-7.7 oz (128-219 g)
  • Wingspan: 23.6 in (60 cm)

(The Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

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