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Ruddy Turnstone

Arenaria interpres


The Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) is a small wading bird, one of two species of turnstone in the genus Arenaria. It is now classified in the sandpiper family Scolopacidae but was formerly sometimes placed in the plover family Charadriidae. It is a highly migratory bird, breeding in northern parts of Eurasia and North America and flying south to winter on coastlines almost worldwide. It is the only species of turnstone in much of its range and is often known simply as Turnstone.


t can survive in a wide range of habitats and climatic conditions from Arctic to tropical. The typical breeding habitat is open tundra with water nearby. Outside the breeding season, it is found along coasts, particularly on rocky or stony shores. It is often found on man-made structures such as breakwaters and jetties. It may venture onto open grassy areas near the coast. Small numbers sometimes turn up on inland wetlands, especially during the spring and autumn migrations.


Ruddy Turnstone with Non-breeding plumage spotted in a windy day at the Peniche pier.

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1 Comment

ceherzog 6 years ago

They get around...common in Florida too.

Ricardo Salgueiro
Spotted by
Ricardo Salgueiro


Lat: 39.35, Long: -9.37

Spotted on Oct 2, 2012
Submitted on Nov 20, 2012

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