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Charadriiformes > Scolopacidae

Ruddy Turnstone

Arenaria interpres

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Fairly small, stocky shorebird. Short, pointed bill. Distinctive plumage; in spring and summer, shows bold black-and-white face pattern, bright rufous-and-black wings, and orange legs. Duller brown in winter but still shows shadow of distinct facial pattern and dark breast. Interesting behavior of flipping over rocks, shells, and debris to nab invertebrates. Walks along beaches, jetties and piers.

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