Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)

This bird is not often hunted, but often spoils the efforts of hunters by calling loudly when gun totters come near. This tell-tale behaviour does not endear it to hunters.


The greater yellowlegs breeds in southern Alaska, and in a broad band across the central latitudes of Canada, from British Columbia to Newfoundland. In winter, this species migrates to the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North America, south of Washington in the west, and south of Massachusetts in the east. Large wintering populations may also be found in Mexico, and along the Mexico/United States border.

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