Black Turnstone

Other Names: none

Distribution: Alaskan coasts in summer; coasts of Canada south to northern Mexico in winter.

Black Turnstone distribution range map

Description:

Size: 22-25 cm in length with a 50-55 cm wingspan.

Plumage:  In summer, bith sexes have black uppersides, head, and breast; a large white spot in front of the eye and one white line above the eye; and fine white spotting from the neck across to the side of the breast and a white belly. In winter, they are generally dusky black with an unstreaked white belly. In flight, a black and white pattern can be seen. The legs, beak, and eyes are black.

Species image
Black Turnstone

Black Turnstone

Bill Shape
all-purpose
dagger
Regions
alaska
alberta
aleutians
arizona
baja california
british columbia
california
mexico
montana
nevada
northwest territories
oregon
washington
wisconsin
yukon
Tail Shape
fan-shaped-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Habitat
coasts
Grasslands
Marshes
Color
black
white
Body Shape
sandpiper
Size
medium
Order
waders, shorebirds, seabirds - charadriiformes
sandpipers, phalaropes and allies - scolopacidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species