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Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala)
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Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala)

General Description: Black Turnstones (Arenaria melanocephala) are small, short-legged shorebirds of the Pacific Coast. In winter plumage, they are more-or-less all black above, including the breast, and white below. In summer plumage, they look the same except they get a white eyeline. In all plumages, the legs are reddish brown. The underside of the bill is angled slightly upward, giving them a chisel-shaped bill.

Taxonomy: Charadriiformes, Scolopacidae, Scolopacinae.

Favored Habitat: Coastal shorelines, especially rocky shorelines with pebble beaches.

Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala)

Where to Find: Don't look for Black Turnstones around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them along the Pacific Coast.

Comments: Turnstones feed by using their bill to turn over stones (hence "turn-stone"), shells, seaweed, and other materials washed up beaches in search of the tasty bugs hiding underneath.

Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala) If you were a tasty isopod hiding under a flat little stone or bit of seaweed, this might be the last face you ever see!
Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala) Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala)
Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala) Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala)
Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala)
Black Turnstone and Wandering Tattler in flight; note the bold black-and-white pattern on the turnstone.
Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala)
Black Turnstones blend into the background and can be hard to see if they don't move
Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala) Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala)
Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala) Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala)
Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala) Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala)
Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala) Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala)
Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala) Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala)
Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala) Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala)
Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala) Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala)
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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