Lesser Yellowlegs

Tringa flavipes (JF Gmelin, 1789) LY LESYE 5510
Family: Charadriiformes > Scolopacidae

Lesser Yellowlegs, Neil Calbrade

Similar in size to a Redshank but more slender and graceful, there are a handful of records of this visitor from North America every year, mostly from August to October.

Both male and female Lesser Yellowlegs provide parental care to their young but the female tends to depart from the breeding area before the chicks can fly, leaving the male to defend the young until fledging.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
8.4k records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
8.4k 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.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


Lesser Yellowlegs is a rare vagrant recorded sporadically throughout the year, though with slightly more regular occurrence in autumn. Some birds overwinter.

Weekly occurence of Lesser 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 Lesser 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 Bach
Catalan: gamba groga petita
Czech: vodouš žlutonohý
Danish: Lille Gulben
Dutch: Kleine Geelpootruiter
Estonian: kollajalg-tilder
Finnish: keltajalkaviklo
French: Petit Chevalier
German: Kleiner Gelbschenkel
Hungarian: sárgalábú cankó
Icelandic: Hrísastelkur
Irish: Mionladhrán Buí
Italian: Totano zampegialle minore
Latvian: mazais dzeltenstilbis
Lithuanian: geltonkojis tulikas
Norwegian: Gulbeinsnipe
Polish: brodziec zóltonogi
Portuguese: maçarico-de-perna-amarela / perna-amarela-pequeno
Slovak: kalužiak žltonohý
Slovenian: mali rumenonogi martinec
Spanish: Archibebe patigualdo chico
Swedish: mindre gulbena

Links to more information from ConservationEvidence.com

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