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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 (Wikipedia)


During breeding season, the ruddy turnstone can be found on coastal tundras. In winter, it can be found in a variety of habitats near the water including mudflats, sandbars, sandy or muddy shores, beaches and rocky coasts.


Saw this bird while visiting Key West Florida

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

Excellent photos, John, of this beautiful fellow. Very nice.
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Florida, USA

Spotted on Feb 15, 2013
Submitted on Mar 9, 2014

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