Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Ruddy Turnstone, Nosy Ve, Madagascar, November 2016 - click for larger image

Nosy Ve, Madagascar
November 2016

The Ruddy Turnstone breeds around the fringes of the Arctic in northern Europe, Asia, North America and Greenland. Birds from north-east Canada and Greenland migrate to western Europe including the British Isles. Birds from northern Europe, Asia and North America all overwinter further south along most shorelines in the world. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.

The English name derives from its method of looking for its food of insects and shellfish which it finds by turning over stones, shells, seaweed, etc., using its bill.

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