Greater Yellowlegs

Tringa melanoleuca (JF Gmelin, 1789) LZ GREYE 5500
Family: Charadriiformes > Scolopacidae

Greater Yellowlegs, Brendan Doe

A very rare visitor from North America that closely resembles a Greenshank, most records are in the autumn.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
818 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
818 records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


Greater Yellowlegs is a very rare vagrant recorded sporadically throughout the year. Peaks in reporting relate to well-watched individual vagrants.

Weekly occurence of Greater Yellowlegs from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Greater Yellowlegs, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Melyngoes Mawr
Catalan: gamba groga grossa
Czech: vodouš velký
Danish: Stor Gulben
Dutch: Grote Geelpootruiter
Estonian: ameerika heletilder
Finnish: amerikanviklo
French: Grand Chevalier
German: Großer Gelbschenkel
Hungarian: mocsári cankó
Icelandic: Mosastelkur
Irish: Ladhrán Buí
Italian: Totano zampegialle maggiore
Latvian: lielais dzeltenstilbis
Lithuanian: margasis tulikas
Norwegian: Plystresnipe
Polish: brodziec piegowaty
Portuguese: maçarico-grande-de-perna-amarela / perna-amarela-grande
Slovak: kalužiak jarabý
Slovenian: veliki rumenonogi martinec
Spanish: Archibebe patigualdo grande
Swedish: större gulbena

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