Surfbird Aphriza virgata

Identification Tips:

Adult alternate:

Adult basic:

Similar species:

Turnstones are also small shorebirds with short bills that inhabit rocky coasts. In basic plumage, turnstones have slimmer bills and different colored legs (blackish in Black and orange/red in Ruddy). In flight, the Surfbird lacks the white patches in the back and inner wings that the turnstones have. Wandering Tattler and Rock Sandpiper have longer, slimmer bills.

Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.