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    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 Negro (Spanish)
    • Tournepierre noir (French)
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