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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.
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(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
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(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).
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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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A Lesser Yellowlegs was reported near Flintshire Bridge last Friday, two Great White Egrets are at Shotton Steelworks and two Mediterranean Gulls on the Glaslyn.
Some species considered riparian/wetland specialists (e.g., Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes, Blackpoll Warbler Setophaga striata) were also associated with this habitat type in combination with other habitats.
auresus (MRSA) was isolated from wildlife in central Iowa, including cottontail rabbits and lesser yellowlegs [123].
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.
Painted snipe, Eurasian woodcock, Kittlitz's plover have been observed and even buff-breasted sandpiper, pectoral sandpiper, lesser yellowlegs and Wilson's phalarope are on the national checklist.
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.
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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.); together, these species comprised more than 80% of the total shorebirds surveyed.