Ruddy Turnstone

Arenaria interpres

(A. i. interpres)

Armenian Name: Քարաքուջուջ
Ruddy Turnstone

See Plate 26 for Ruddy Turnstone and other similar species

Flight Characteristics: Map 133.
Resident Status: Migrant
Abundance: Rare
Length:22-24 cm, Wing Span:50-57 cm
Distribution Map: Map 133.
Description: Multicolored with short orange legs, white lower back and wing patches.
Adult (Breeding): Bold black-and-white head and breast pattern. Upperparts marked with red-brown.
Adult (Non-breeding): Dull head with weakly-marked pattern; dark gray upperparts.
Juvenile: Brown overall with pale brown feather edges above. Legs yellowish-brown.
Behavior: Uses strong neck and bill to overturn stones and debris.
Habitat: Pond and lake shores.
Food: Invertebrates.