Greater Yellowlegs

I ypically seen wading in shallow water, this active shorehird can be recognized by its piping calls. In spring it lives in swamps and the edges of coniferous forests, and its plumage is black-and-white above and heavily spotted below. The Greater Yellowlegs winters on lake shores and coastal mudflats, molting into a grayer and paler plumage. It feeds by probing shallow water and mud for invertebrates.

• NEST a shallow hollow in moss or dry peat, with a scanty lining of plant materials, built in an open site, usually near water.

• Distribution

Breeds in North America. Winters from S. USA to S. South America.

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