Black turnstone Arenaria melanocephala


Identification Tips:

Adult alternate:

Adult basic:

Similar species:

Ruddy Turnstone is similar but browner in basic plumage, and has a pale area within dark chest bands, and brighter red legs, and may show traces of rust-red back feathers. Surfbird has yellowish legs and paler body plumage; white wingstripe and white tail with dark terminal band produce a less striking pattern in flight than in turnstones.

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