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Tringa flavipes

(Lesser Yellowlegs)


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Common Names

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Common Names in Afrikaans:


Common Names in Basque:

Gamba groga petita, Kuliska hankahori

Common Names in Breton:

Strelleg bihan pavioù melen

Common Names in Catalan, Valencian:

Camagroga, Gamba groga petita

Common Names in Chinese:


Common Names in Czech:

Vodouš žlutonohý

Common Names in Dutch:

Kleine Geelpootruiter

Common Names in English:

Lesser Yellowlegs, common yellowlegs, lesser long-legged tattler, lesser tattler, lesser tell-tale, lesser yellow-shanks, little stone snipe, little stone-bird, little tell-tale, little yelper, small cucu, summer yellowlegs, yellow-legged plover, yellowshanks

Common Names in Esperanto:

Flavkrura tringo

Common Names in Faroese:

Lítil gulstelkur

Common Names in Finnish:


Common Names in French:

Petit Chevalier ? pattes jaunes, Chevalier à pattes jaunes, petit chevalier, Petit chevalier à pattes jaunes

Common Names in Galician:

Bilurico patiamarelo pequeno

Common Names in German:

Gelbschenkel, Kleiner Gelbschenkel

Common Names in Hebrew:

ביצנית צהובת רגל, ביצנית צהובת-רגל

Common Names in Hungarian:

Sárgalábú cankó

Common Names in Icelandic:


Common Names in Irish:

Mionladhrán Buí

Common Names in Italian:

Totano zampegialle minore

Common Names in Japanese:

コキアシシギ, コキアシシギ, kokiashishigi

Common Names in Lithuanian:

Geltonkojis tulikas

Common Names in Norwegian:


Common Names in Polish:

Brodziec żółtonogi

Common Names in Portuguese:

Perna amarela pequeno

Common Names in Portuguese (Brazil):


Common Names in Quechua:


Common Names in Russian:

Желтоногий улит

Common Names in Slovenian:

mali rumenonogi martinec

Common Names in Spanish:

Archibebe patigualdo chico, Patamarilla menor

Common Names in Spanish, Castilian:

Patamarilla menor

Common Names in Swedish:

Mindre gulbena

Common Names in Turkish:

Küçük sarıbacak

Common Names in Ukrainian:

Жовтоногий коловодник

Common Names in Walloon:


Common Names in Welsh:

Melyngoes bach


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Physical Description

Adult : Head : heavy brown streaks Bill: blackish with trace of dusky-olive at base Length : medium-length Shape : straight, thin Neck: heavy brown streaks Length: long Body: Breast: heavy brown streaks Flanks: sparse brown streaks Mantle: blackish grayish with white spots Shape: slender Size: medium Legs : Leg Color: orange-yellow Leg Length: long Wings : Tertials: blackish grayish with white spots.


About 10.5 inches long, with a wingspan of 19 to 22 inches. Adults weigh about 2.9 ounces .


Found along shallow mud flats and beaches.

Vegetation: freshwater marshes, saltwater and brackish marshes, coastal sand beaches and mudflats • Maximum Elevation: 4,000 meters • Sensitivity to Disturbance: Low

Typically found at an altitude of 0 to 2,911 meters (0 to 9,551 feet).[1]

Ecology: List of Habitats :


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Primarily: Insects Aquatic Invertebrates Fish





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Tringa flavipes (J. F. Gmelin, 1789)


Name Status: Accepted Name .

Last scrutiny: 17-Oct-2001

Similar Species

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Spotted Redshank

The smaller size and call note distinguish this species from the Greater Yellowlegs.

Members of the genus Tringa

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 25 species and subspecies in this genus:

T. brevipes (Gray-Tailed Tattler) · T. cinerea (Terek Sandpiper) · T. erythropus (Spotted Redshank) · T. flavipes (Lesser Yellowlegs) · T. glareola (Wood Sandpiper) · T. guttifer (Nordmann's Greenshank) · T. hypoleucos (Common Sandpiper) · T. hypoleucos hypoleucos (Common Sandpiper) · T. incana (Wandering Tattler) · T. macularia (Spotted Sandpiper) · T. melanoleuca (Greater Yellowlegs) · T. nebularia (Common Greenshank) · T. ochropus (Green Sandpiper) · T. solitaria (Solitary Sandpiper) · T. solitaria cinnamomea (Solitary Sandpiper (Western)) · T. solitaria solitaria (Solitary Sandpiper (Eastern)) · T. stagnatilis (Marsh Sandpiper) · T. terek (Terek Sandpiper) · T. totanus (Common Redshank) · T. totanus eurhina (Common Redshank) · T. totanus robusta (Common Redshank) · T. totanus robusta or totanus (Common Redshank) · T. totanus terrignotae (Common Redshank) · T. totanus totanus (Common Redshank) · T. totanus ussuriensis (Common Redshank)

More Info

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Further Reading

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal March 12, 2008:



  1. Mean = 28.760 meters (94.357 feet), Standard Deviation = 45.760 based on 125,834 observations. Altitude information for each observation from British Oceanographic Data Centre. [back]
Last Revised: 2015-01-30