Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala)

Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala)

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Caption: The Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala) is a medium-sized sandpiper having scaled black underparts, a white spot between eye and bill, a black breast with white speckles on sides, and a white belly. Its short, dark bill is slightly upturned. Winter plumage is duller and lacks the white on the face. Turnstones are named for their method of feeding, in which they walk along the beach, deftly overturning small stones and pebbles. They also dig holes in the sand, in pursuit of burrowing crustaceans. Monterey Shoreline, Monterey, California.

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