Mobile bird identification
Bird Field Guide

In winter the Turnstone has dark brown and black upperparts, a brown and black breast band and a brown and white marbled head.


Arenaria interpres
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The Turnstone gets it's name from it's feeding habit of flicking small stones over to find small creatures. Turnstone's frequently feed on piers and promenades, where tourists drop chips and other morsels. They can become incredibly tame, often running in between peoples feet when feeding.
Order: Charadriiformes

Family: Scolopacidae

Genus:  Arenaria

Species: A. interpres
Note the bright legs of these Turnstone in winter plumage, the brown backs, breast band and head, make it a distinctive bird.
Adult Male & Female (Winter)
Adult Male & Female (Summer)
Breeding distribution
Probably breeding
Confirmed to be breeding in this area
Confirmed breeding sites
Probably breeding
Breeding distribution of the Turnstone
General distribution:
Breeds on the rocky coasts of Scandinavia. Non-breeding and winter birds can be found throughout Europe.
In winter, the Turnstone can be found on a variety of coastlines from sandy beaches to rocky headlands.
Turnstone in winter plumage.
Note the bright legs of this bird, the mottled head of this bird indicates the bird is in moult.
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The Turnstone in summer plumage is a bright striking bird, with it's chestnut back, black and white markings and orange legs.
Turnstone in winter plumage identification
Turnstone in summer plumage identification
*White throat

*Brown/black breast band

*Marbled white & brown head
White underside
Orange legs
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Turnstone flying
Turnstone in winter plumage
* key ID points
*Black & white head
*Bright chestnut upperparts
White underside
Orange legs
* key ID points

*Black breast band

*White throat
Turnstone in summer plumage
Dark brown and black back, some feathers edged white