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Greater Yellowlegs
Tringa melanoleuca

Shorebirds
Sandpipers and Snipes (Scolopacidae)

Size: Length: 33-38 cm

Description: Commonly seen as it migrates through the area, the greater yellowlegs is also an occasional nesting bird. Look for a rather large shorebird with an almost straight, black, very long bill. The back, wings, head and breast are mottled brown. There is a dark eye stripe, with a lighter eyebrow. The belly is white and the legs bright yellow. They feed on aquatic insects, often wading into deeper water and grabbing insects from the surface. They may also catch small fish and tadpoles. The nest is usually a depression on the ground, lined with moss, grass or leaves. The eggs are incubated by the female.

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