Black turnstone Arenaria melanocephala

Identification Tips:

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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.