Language English The Gulf of St. Lawrence Photo: Biodôme Photo: Biodôme Photo: Biodôme Photo: Biodôme OngletsDescriptionDistinguishing featuresThe lesser yellowlegs resembles the greater yellowlegs, but is much smaller. Its straight bill is shorter and finer. It also has a different call. ReproductionThe female lays an average of 4 eggs per clutch. Both parents incubate the eggs, starting as soon as the last egg is laid, for 22 or 23 days. The young are precocial and the entire clutch leaves the nest shortly after hatching. The species is probably monogamous. DietThey eat aquatic and land insects, larvae, crustaceans, small fish and gastropods. They hunt for their prey in shallow water, pecking at the surface and the mud or sweeping their bills sideways. In winter, they also feed at night. PredatorsHunting caused a major decline in this species before they were protected under the Migratory Birds Convention Act. HabitatThey frequent burntland and open woodland with muskegs, ponds and lakes. They nest in Alaska and from western Canada to James Bay. They winter from South Carolina, in the states bordering on the Gulf of Mexico and in Mexico, to Chile, Argentina and the Caribbean. Ecology, behaviourMigrating lesser yellowlegs are only occasionally seen in Québec in spring, but are commonly seen during the fall migration. This is one of the most common average-sized shorebirds to nest in North America. It rarely nests in Québec, however. French namePetit chevalier Scientific nameTringa flavipesPhylumChordataClassBirdsOrderCharadriiformesFamilyScolopacidaeSizeLength: 25 to 28 cmWeightAverage: 81 gLife spanAverage 4 years in nature.StatusLeast concern (UICN). Common migratory species.