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Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
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Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Ruddy Turnstone in winter plumage

General Description: Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) are stocky, medium-sized shorebirds with short, red legs and a short, black bill. In winter plumage, they are mottled black-and-ruddy above, white below, and the breast is heavily marked with black. The underside of the bill is angled slightly upward, giving them a chisel-shaped appearance. In flight, the wing pattern is bold black-and-white, the lower back is white, and the tail is white with a black terminal band.

In breeding plumage, the facial pattern becomes boldly black-and-white, the breast marks become boldly black, and the reddish on the wings becomes more extensive.

Taxonomy: Charadriiformes, Scolopacidae, Scolopacinae.

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

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Ruddy Turnstone in winter plumage

Where to Find: Don't look for Ruddy Turnstones around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them along the Pacific and Atlantic coast. They breed in the high arctic and winter along the coasts from about California and Virginia south into South America.

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.

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) If you were a tasty isopod or a squishy horseshoe crab egg, this might be the last face you ever see!
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Banded bird?
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Three turnstones and a Sanderling in south Florida
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Turning stones in the Galapagos Islands
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Turning stones in the Galapagos Islands
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Foraging along a sandy beach on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Foraging among black mangrove knees in the Galapagos Islands
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Ruddy Turnstone and Willet; Dunedin, Florida
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Ruddy Turnstone; Dunedin, Florida
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Ruddy Turnstone bathing with friends; Dunedin, Florida
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Ruddy Turnstone bathing with friends; Dunedin, Florida
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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