January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
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Yellowlegs, a bird that frequents shores, marshes, and mudflats by both saltwater and freshwater. It lives on mollusks, crustaceans, insects, and other small animals it can find in shallow water. The greater yellowlegs grows 13 to 15 inches (33 to 38 cm) long. It is white, speckled and streaked with black, gray, and brown. The lesser yellowlegs is similar, except that it is about four inches (10 cm) shorter. Both birds have bright yellow legs. Their voices are clear whistles, usually of three or four notes in the greater and one or two in the lesser.


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