Friday 1 March 2013

Wader Quest species seen nº 6: Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Titchwell RSPB reserve, Norfolk, England.

1st November. Titchwell RSPB reserve, Norfolk England. (Also seen: UAE; USA - FL, CA)

Small groups found along the beach especially in front of the reserve where there are seaweed covered rocky formations. We also saw some on the shingle at Salthouse where a group of seventeen or so were feeding together. On investigation it seems they were feeding on rice grains that had been dropped there.

This is a truly global bird in the sense that there are few regions where it cannot be found. It breeds right around the high arctic and winters across the world in more temperate and tropical regions. There are two subspecies interpres in Eurasia and morinella restricted to the Americas although some interpres winter on the Pacific coast of North America.. They are winter visitors in the UK.

Birdife International consider this bird to be of least concern. It has a huge global population and although the trend is declining it is not sufficiently fast to render the species vulnerable. The world population is estimated to be around 460,000 to 800,000 individuals.

Birdlife International (2013) Species factsheet: Arenaria interpres. Downloaded from on 06/02/2013

Salthouse, Norfolk, England

Salthouse, Norfolk, England.
Roosting on Bangor Pier: Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales.

Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales.

Tavares, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
For more information on Ruddy Turnstone see:

Birdlife International species factsheet:


Internet Bird Collection:

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