Living Bird Magazine
Black TurnstoneArenaria melanocephala
- ORDER: Charadriiformes
- FAMILY: Scolopacidae
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.More ID Info
- Vuelvepiedras Oscuro (Spanish)
- Tournepierre noir (French)
- Cool Facts
- As their name suggests, turnstones often forage by turning over stones and other objects.
- On the breeding grounds, the Black Turnstone is extremely aggressive to avian predators, flying more than 100 m from its territory to pursue jaegers and gulls.
- The oldest recorded Black Turnstone was a female and was at least 8 years old when she was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Alaska.