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Ruddy Turnstone

(Arenaria interpres)
Alternate name(s): "Turnstone", "Beach-bird"
German name(s): "Steinwälzer"

Size: 21-26 cm; wing span 50-57 cm
Weight: 85-190 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Ruddy Turnstone at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "interpres"

ADULT

Sex unknown

BREEDING

Frontal view of a Ruddy Turnstone in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Tromso airport, Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

Frontal view of a Ruddy Turnstone in breeding plumage issuing its call (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Tromso airport, Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

Near-frontal view of a Ruddy Turnstone in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Tromso airport, Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

Near-lateral view of a Ruddy Turnstone in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Cabo Raso, Cascais, near Lisbon, Portugal, April 2018]

Close-up lateral view of a Ruddy Turnstone in breeding plumage issuing its call (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Tromso airport, Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

Lateral view of a Ruddy Turnstone in breeding plumage issuing its call (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Tromso airport, Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

Lateral view of a preening Ruddy Turnstone in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Tromso airport, Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

Dorsal view of a Ruddy Turnstone in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Tromso airport, Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

NON-BREEDING

Full-frontal view of a Ruddy Turnstone in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Canary Islands, March 2017]

Near-lateral view of a Ruddy Turnstone in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Canary Islands, March 2017]

Lateral view of a Ruddy Turnstone in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Cabo Sardao, Odemira, Portugal, October 2018]

Lateral view of a Ruddy Turnstone in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo River, Portugal, March 2018]

Lateral view of a Ruddy Turnstone in non-breeding plumage clambering over rocks (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Canary Islands, March 2017]

Ruddy Turnstones in non-breeding plumage on "artificial rocks" (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Palhais, Barreiro, Setubal, Portugal, January 2014]

Direct comparison of Ruddy Turnstone in non-breeding plumage and Common Ringed Plover (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Moita do Ribatejo, Setubal, Portugal, November 2018]

Behaviour

Ruddy Turnstone, still in non-breeding plumage, flocking prior to departure to their breeding grounds
(photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Carrasqueira, Comporta, Setubal, Portugal, April 2017]

Ruddy Turnstone, mostly still in non-breeding plumage, flocking prior to departure to their breeding grounds
(photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Carrasqueira, Comporta, Setubal, Portugal, April 2017]

Food, Diet

This Ruddy Turnstone in non-breeding plumage has found some food scraps (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Palhais, Barreiro, Setubal, Portugal, December 2014]

This Ruddy Turnstone in non-breeding plumage has found some food scraps (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Palhais, Barreiro, Setubal, Portugal, December 2014]

Ruddy Turnstones in non-breeding plumage foraging together (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Palhais, Barreiro, Setubal, Portugal, December 2014]

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