Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)

Turnstone are a small, stocky wader, with a short stout black bill and short orange legs. During the summer months males have chestnut brown upper parts with black markings on the head and breast. Females are generally duller.

Present most of the year in the UK, winter migrants and birds on passage supplement populations.

They can be found on estuaries, sandy beaches and particularly rocky and stony shores with plenty of seaweed.

Flight call tiuw, and a distinctive kuk-a-kuk-kuk chattering.

Interesting Fact: This birds full name is Ruddy Turnstone due to its chestnut brown plumage in breeding season.

Turnstone is on the Amber List for Birds of Conservation Concern.


Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)

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