Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaia interpres)
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaia interpres)
Ruddy Turnstone

Order : Charadriiformes
This is a diverse order which includes about 350 species of birds in all parts of the world. Most Chardriiformes are strong flyers, some species performing the most extensive migration of any birds. Most live near water and eat invertebrates or other similar small animals and most nest on the ground. the order is split into 3 main suborders; Charadrii (about 200 species including Sandpipers, Plovers and Lapwings ), Lari ( about 92 species including Gulls, Turns, Skimmers and Jaegers), and Alcidae ( about 21 species including Auks, Guillemots and Puffins)

Family : Turnstone (Charadriidae)
The bird family Charadriidae is made up of about 64 to 66 species and includes the Plovers, Turnstones, Dotterels and Lapwings. They are small to medium sized birds with compact bodies, short thick necks and long usually pointed wings. The have world wide distribution and inhabit open countryside usually near water. They feed mostly on insects, worms and other invertebrates, usually obtained by a run and pause technique rather than probing like some other wader groups.

Name : Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaia interpres)
Length : 21 - 25 cm ( 8 - 10 in )

A short legged chunky shorebird the Ruddy Turnstone ranges from northern North America to Europe and Asia. The North American species winters as far south as Argentina and Chile. In breeding plumage the species develops striking chestnut upperparts with black across the wing covets, underparts are white, the legs orange. The bill is small slender and dark. Usually seen by the coast in small numbers, the Ruddy Turnstone scavenges for small crustaceans and insects. The flight is fairly strong and direct. In the evenings each member of the group takes a sea bath, usually immersing itself completely under water, preening is accompanied with short erratic flapping that may lift the bird a few inches off the ground.

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Bird identification photos

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaia interpres) Birds of Tobago

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaia interpres) shorebirds