Species Details

@Misbah Mishu,Bangladesh;

Ruddy Turnstone Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Arenaria interpres
Family : Scolopacidae
Order : Charadriiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Turnstone
Habitat : Coast
Description : The Ruddy Turnstone is a short-legged wader with a blackish breast band (adult bird length approximately 23 cm, weight 90 g, wing 15 cm, bill 2.3 cm, tarsus 2.4 cm, tail 6 cm). The non-breeding bird looks dark brown from above and white from below. The breeding bird has chestnut-red on the wings. The ruddy turnstone has a diverse diet, primarily consisting of invertebrates. It feeds on insects, their larvae, crustaceans, spiders, molluscs, worms, and occasionally carrion, eggs, and fish. The turnstone is known for flipping over stones and objects to access hidden prey, which inspired its name. It often forages in flocks and has been observed preying on the eggs of other bird species, typically targeting unattended or undefended nests. The turnstone engages in various feeding behaviors, including routing, turning stones, digging, probing, hammer-probing, and surface pecking. These behaviors may vary among individuals based on preference, sex, and social status within the turnstone population.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:Misbah Mishu,Bangladesh;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;more information, please contact us.