Mid-sized Eurasian shorebird; rare visitor to North America. Suggests an undersized Lesser Yellowlegs with a shorter, thinner bill and a more obvious whitish supercilium and dark eye line. Upperparts are heavily patterned with white and buffy spots on dark back and wings. Legs are relatively long and greenish-yellow, straight, all-dark bill, white underparts with dark spots on breast and sides, white rump and densely barred tail. Juveniles similar to adult, but browner above. Told from Yellowlegs by smaller size, more greenish rather than bright yellow legs, shorter bill. Similar in size to Solitary Sandpiper, but shows conspicuous supercilium and eye line rather than white eye ring, more extensive white and buff edges and spots on back and wing feathers. Bill all dark rather than pale at the base.
Length: 20 (cm) Wingspan: 56 (cm)
Freshwater marshes and wetlands, mudflats.
Habitually teeters like Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers. Nests on thickly vegetated ground or in trees. In migration and winter, sometimes flocks loosely with other shorebirds.
Probes in mud or picks prey from ground; wades or walks along shoreline. Eats a variety of insects and other aquatic invertebrates.
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A key for separating Wood Sandpiper from Lesser Yellowlegs is primary extension, which in Wood Sandpiper barely extends beyond the tertials and not past the tail tip.by Steven Mlodinow on June 23, 2010 at 08:17 pm
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