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|Arenaria interpres .|
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.
At all seasons, the plumage is dominated by a harlequin-like pattern of black and white. Breeding birds have reddish-brown upper parts with black markings. The head is mainly white with black streaks on the crown and a black pattern on the face. The breast is mainly black apart from a white patch on the sides. The rest of the underparts are white. In flight it reveals a white wingbar, white patch near the base of the wing and white lower back, rump and tail with dark bands on the uppertail-coverts and near the tip of the tail. The female is slightly duller than the male and has a browner head with more streaking.
Ruddy Turnstone on Bald Head Island
Non-breeding adults are duller than breeding birds and have dark grey-brown upperparts with black mottling and a dark head with little white. Juvenile birds have a pale brown head and pale fringes to the upperpart feathers creating a scaly impression.
Birds of the subspecies morinella are smaller with darker upperparts and less streaking on the crown.
The Ruddy Turnstone has a staccato, rattling call and also a chattering alarm-call which is mainly given during the breeding season.
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very nice picture and good details
nice pose of this bird
thanks greeting lou
Hi Neighbor :)
What a cute bird, love the orange feet and lighting revealing his left eye. Would like lt see more of this species! My first time viewing! (I say that alot here)
- [2013-12-30 10:44]
Salut John,magnifique face a face avec cette espece que j'ai vue seuelement aux Caraibes,perspective super et qualite' au top aussi.Bon 2014 et merci,Luciano
Ciao John, lovely visitor, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
beautiful photo of the bird. Amazing colours. Excellent presentation and composition.
Happy New Year.
- [2013-12-31 6:59]
Happy New Year!!regards..
- [2014-01-05 10:49]
Very nice photo bautiful bird,amazing colors and
details. Excellent the eye's contact.