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Greater Yellowlegs - Tringa melanoleuca

Large North-American shorebird with a long, slightly upwards curved beak. It is a migratory bird spending only summer in the Southern part of Canada. These birds forage in shallow water eating insects, small fishes, crustacean and marine worms.

Common Names

  • Greater Yellowlegs (en)
  • Pitotoy grande, Chorlo mayor de patas amarillas, Archibebe patigualdo grande (es)
  • Grand Chevalier (fr)
  • Großer Gelbschenkel (de)


  • Charadriiformes
  • Scolopacidae
  • Tringa melanoleuca

Where & When to Spot

So far, I spotted this species in Newfoundland and Tadoussac but not around Montreal.

How to Identify

This species is similar in appearance to Lesser Yellowlegs. A distinctive feature is the long slightly upwards curved beak.


Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)

Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)

Quidi Vidi Harbour - 2017-08-16

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 450mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f7.1; Iso 280;

Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)

Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)

Not so sure about this ID. Maybe Lesser Yellowlegs. Decided on Greater because of the length of its beak.

Tadoussac - 2013-08-17

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS; 4.3-215mm; Focal Length 198mm; Exposure 1/160; Aperture f6.5; Iso 80;

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