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Ruddy Turnstone

Arenaria interpres

The ruddy turnstone is part of the dowitcher family, along with sandpipers and snipes. When breeding the male is distinguishable by his pronounced black collar, white head, black eye patch, and and black stripes upon a red-brown back and wings. With its medium-length beak the turnstone is able to push shells and pebbles aside and search for invertibrates underneath. It nests on the tundra of Canada's arctic islands. "

Map of Ruddy Turnstone in Canada
Distribution of Ruddy Turnstone in Canada

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