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ruddy turnstone

Arenaria interpres

Description:

It is a fairly small and stocky bird, 22–24 centimetres (8.7–9.4 in) long with a wingspan of 50–57 centimetres (20–22 in) and a weight of 85–150 g (3.0–5.3 oz). The dark, wedge-shaped bill is 2–2.5 centimetres (0.79–0.98 in) long and slightly upturned. The legs are fairly short at 3.5 centimetres (1.4 in) and are bright orange.

Habitat:

Breeds on rocky arctic coasts and tundra. On migration and in winter, mostly along rocky shores, but also sand beaches and mudflats.

Notes:

•The male Ruddy Turnstone makes nest-like scrapes in the ground within his territory, often close to the final site selected by the female. The male's scrapes are made before the female starts to lay eggs, and are part of the courtship and nest site selection process. No eggs are laid in the scapes the male makes. •As their name suggests, turnstones often forage by turning over stones and other objects.

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1 Comment

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Pretty! he seems to be taking a bath :-)

SusanEllison
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SusanEllison

Texas, USA

Spotted on Jul 18, 2013
Submitted on Aug 19, 2013

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