Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)

Order: Charadriiformes | Family: Scolopacidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult, alternate plumage | Sex: Unknown | Loc. North America

Age: Adult, alternate plumage | Sex: Unknown | Loc. North America

Age: Adult, basic plumage | Sex: Unknown | Loc. North America

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~22.5 cm (9 in).  The Ruddy Turnstone has an ornate alternate plumage. The back is chestnut and the head and breast have an intricate black and white pattern. The legs are short and orange. The basic plumage is a gray dull version of the alternate plumage.  It favors sandy beaches and rocky shores. It is unmistakable in all plumage stages but see the Killdeer and Semipalmated Plover.

Status: The Ruddy Turnstone is a common Boreal Migrant during the months of September through April and rare throughout the rest of the year as some birds overwinter in South America. It is found mostly along the coast of Peru. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Vuelvepiedras Rojizo.

Sub-species: Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres morinella), Linnaeus 1766.

Meaning of Name: Arenaria= L. harena, arenarius, arenaria = concerning the sand, one who inhabits the sand. interpres= L. messenger.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 01/01/2015.