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n. pl. yellowlegs
Either of two shorebirds (Tringa melanoleuca or T. flavipes) found throughout the Americas and having long yellow legs and a narrow bill.


(Animals) (functioning as singular) either of two North American sandpipers, Tringa melanoleuca (or Totanus melanoleucus) (greater yellowlegs) or T. flavipes (lesser yellowlegs), having bright yellow legs


(ˈyɛl oʊˌlɛgz)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
either of two large New World sandpipers having yellow legs, Tringa melanoleuca (greater yellowlegs) or T. flavipes (lesser yellowlegs).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.yellowlegs - either of two North American shorebird with yellow legsyellowlegs - either of two North American shorebird with yellow legs
sandpiper - any of numerous usually small wading birds having a slender bill and piping call; closely related to the plovers
genus Tringa, Tringa - a genus of Scolopacidae
greater yellowlegs, Tringa melanoleuca - a variety of yellowlegs
lesser yellowlegs, Tringa flavipes - a variety of yellowlegs
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Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca, and Least Seedsnipe Thinocorus rumicivorus; Table 1) were found in 1996 on the Iwawi side of the Taraco Peninsula, but not on the Chiripa side.
Whether you're swimming, clamming, surfcasting or bird watching at the coast, expect to see now semipalmated and black-bellied plovers, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels, lesser and greater yellowlegs, red knots, spotted, solitary, pectoral, white-rumped, semipalmated, and least sandpipers, short-billed and long-billed dowitchers, Hudsonian godwits and sanderlings.
At RSPB Malltraeth, a glossy ibis is feeding in the wetland channels, while the lesser yellowlegs is in its fifth week on the Alaw estuary, Llanfachraeth.
Concentrations of shorebirds such as dunlin, killdeer, sandpipers, snipe and yellowlegs, among others, may be seen along the mud flats for invertebrates in the drawdown zone of local reservoirs.
pusilla) were identified as peeps, and greater and lesser yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes and T.
The most frequently observed species (>26,500 use-days) were Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes), Pectoral Sandpipers (Calidris melanotos), Killdeer (Charadrius vociferous), and 'peeps'(Calidris spp.
occidentalis, [Audubon]), crows (Corvus caurinus [Baird]), Great Blue Herons (Ardea herodias [Linnaeus]), Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca [J.
Sandpipers, plovers, and yellowlegs hug the coasts or seek protected marshes as they traverse the Florida peninsula.
A WHITE-winged Black Tern from Eastern Europe and Lesser Yellowlegs from North America drew crowds to Cantley, Norfolk.
Flights of cormorants drove their black prows in quest of skittering mullets; avocets, willets, and yellowlegs dozed on the bars; mallards, widgeons, and teal sprang skyward in alarm.
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and Semipalmated, Western, Least, White-rumped, and Stilt Sandpipers, and Common Snipe were common to abundant shorebird species.
No attempt was made routinely to separate Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) from Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes), Short-billed Dowitchers (Limnodromus griseus) from Long-billed Dowitchers (Limnodromus scolopaceus), or Double-crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) from Neotropic Cormorants (Phalacrocorax brasilianus).