Ruddy Turnstone
Arenaria interpres
Sandpiper Family


Photo courtesy Mike Carter, Pensacola, Fl
July 2009

Ruddy Turnstone is a stout bird with a striking black-and-white head and bib, black-and-chestnut back, and orange legs. Females are slightly duller in color than males. The bib pattern and orange leg color are retained in winter plumage. Juvenile birds resemble winter adults but the back will have a scaly appearance. The preferred habitat of the Ruddy Turnstone is coastal tundra. Rarely seen beyond seashore.

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