Medium-sized shorebird with a long bill, and short thick yellow legs. Breeding birds are gray above and barred gray and white below. Bobs its tail up and down.
Constantly bobs its tail up and down. Walks along rocky shorelines where its gray back and chest blend in with the rocks.
Forages on rocky or sandy substrates, often within the intertidal zone, for small marine invertebrates, insects, and fish. Frequently bobs its tail up and down while walking.
In flight, entirely gray above.
Medium-sized shorebird with a long bill and thick legs. Typically walks with a horizontal posture while bobbing its tail. Nonbreeding birds are gray above with an unmarked gray chest. Note yellow legs.
Breeding adults have a heavily barred gray belly and a white line in front of their eye.
Breeding adults with Black Turnstones
Larger and longer than Black Turnstones. Yellow legs and barred belly are diagnostic.
Forages along rocky shorelines where it blends in with the rocks.
- Medium-sized shorebird.
- Short, thick yellow legs.
- Moderately long, straight bill.
- Gray all over.
- Belly white.
- Short white eyestripe.
- Constantly bobs its tail and rear end up and down as it walks.
- Entire underside heavily barred in breeding plumage.
- Plain gray wings and tail.
Immature DescriptionSimilar to nonbreeding adult, but gray breast and flanks faintly smudged and barred, and back feathers with some whitish tips.
Relative Sizebetween robin and crow
- Both Sexes
- Length: 10.2-11.8 in (26-30 cm)
- Weight: 2.1-6.0 oz (60-169 g)
- Wingspan: 19.7-21.6 in (50-55 cm)
Don't miss a thing! Join our email list
The Cornell Lab will send you updates about birds, birding, and opportunities to help bird conservation.