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Bird name:

Lesser Yellowlegs

Tringa flavipes

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Sandpipers (Scolopacidae)

BTO 2

LY

BTO 5

LESYE

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Not Assessed

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


In the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland, the Lesser Yellowlegs is a very rare migrant with around five records per year on average. It is most likely to occur from August to October. The conservation status for this species is "not assessed' in the UK because it only occurs as a rare migrant, and is not globally threatened.

SUMMARY

Overview

Lesser Yellowlegs: This large sandpiper has grey and black mottled upperparts, white underparts, and streaked upper breast and sides. The bill is straight and uniformly dark grey. The white lower rump and dark-barred tail are visible in flight. The legs are long and yellow. It feeds on aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates. It has a swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. Sexes are similar.


Range and Habitat

Lesser Yellowlegs: Rare vagrant to the UK & Ireland. Breeds from western Alaska and Canada east to western Quebec. Spends winters on coasts from southern California and Virginia southward through Central and South America. Preferred habitats include coastal mudflats and lagoons, inland lakes, ponds, rivers, sewage works, and flooded grasslands.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"Tew"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of yellowlegs are collectively known as an "incontinence" of yellowlegs.
  • Both the male and female provide parental care to the young, but the female tends to leave the breeding area before the chicks can fly, thus leaving the male to defend the young until fledging.
  • The Lesser Yellowlegs is similar in appearance to the Greater Yellowlegs, they are not closely related.
  • When foraging, these birds swipe their bills back and forth in the water stirring up prey.

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
4 and 6 letter alpha codesX

The four letter common name alpha code is is derived from the first two letters of the common first name and the first two letters of common last name. The six letter species name alpha code is derived from the first three letters of the scientific name (genus) and the first three letters of the scientific name (species). See (1) below for the rules used to create the codes..

Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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ITIS CodesX

The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) was established in the mid-1990 s as a cooperative project among several federal agencies to improve and expand upon taxonomic data (known as the NODC Taxonomic Code) maintained by the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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