Few shorebirds are as beautiful as the Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres.) – These are, in my opinion, the prettiest of the sandpipers. They are just great looking birds – someone said they look like a calico cat!
The scientific name is from Latin. The genus name arenaria derives from arenarius, “inhabiting sand, from arena, “sand.”
You’ll find these lovely birds pecking at the sand on coastal beaches, in search of the crustaceans they eat.
They are best known for habit of inserting bill under stones, shells, etc., and flipping them over to find food underneath. Several birds may work together to overturn a larger object.
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