Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)

Unlike most shorebirds, this small wader is sometimes swimming!


The lesser yellowlegs breeds throughout Alaska, the Yukon, and the western Northwest Territories. It also breeds in the northern parts of the western Canadian provinces and Ontario. Wintering populations occur on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North America, south of central California in the west, and south of Delaware in the east.

Breeding occurs in freshwater environments. For a complete species account, visit the Great Lakes section.