Black Turnstone

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Black Turnstone

Arenaria melanocephala
  • ORDER: Charadriiformes
  • FAMILY: Scolopacidae
Basic Description

The Black Turnstone is one of the defining species for the rocky, wave-battered Pacific Coast. It blends in well with the dark rocks, but a careful winter observer will find it from Alaska through Baja California. It is rarely found far from the vicinity of spraying waves.

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Other Names
  • Vuelvepiedras Oscuro (Spanish)
  • Tournepierre noir (French)
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