This rare visitor from Eurasia is very similar to Greater Yellowlegs. The bill is gray with a dark tip, slightly upturned, and comprises over half of the total length of the head. The legs are dull green to yellow-green. In flight, the tail shows much white, and a white wedge extends from the rump up the back. Alternate Adult: Upperparts are brownish-gray. Some scapulars have black centers with white edges and notches. The head, neck, and breast are finely streaked with black. The white tail has fine black barring. Basic Adult: Upperparts are pale brownish-gray with pale feather edges and black and white notches creating a scaly pattern. The face, foreneck, and breast are mostly unmarked white. Juvenile: Upperparts slightly darker than basic adult, with pale feather edges creating bold scaly and striped patterns, not spotted like Greater Yellowlegs. Neck and sides of breast are slightly more streaked than basic adult.
Length: 31 (cm) Wingspan: 58 (cm)
Nests near freshwater marshes. In migration, uses both fresh and saltwater wetland habitats.
Like Greater Yellowlegs, it feeds in shallow water, often dashing about chasing small fish and other prey.
Feeds on aquatic invertebrates and small fish, both by picking at the surface of the mud and by scything bill through the water.
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