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turn·stone

 (tûrn′stōn′)
n.
Either of two shorebirds of the genus Arenaria, especially the ruddy turnstone.

[So called because the birds turn stones over to expose small invertebrates on which they feed.]
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turnstone

(ˈtɜːnˌstəʊn)
n
(Animals) either of two shore birds of the genus Arenaria, esp A. interpres (ruddy turnstone). They are related and similar to plovers and sandpipers
[C17: so called because it turns over stones in search of food]
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turn•stone

(ˈtɜrnˌstoʊn)

n.
any of several shorebirds of the genus Arenaria, of the sandpiper family, having a slender, upturned bill used for turning over pebbles in search of food.
[1665–75]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.turnstone - migratory shorebirds of the plover family that turn over stones in searching for foodturnstone - migratory shorebirds of the plover family that turn over stones in searching for food
plover - any of numerous chiefly shorebirds of relatively compact build having straight bills and large pointed wings; closely related to the sandpipers
Arenaria, genus Arenaria - turnstones
Arenaria interpres, ruddy turnstone - common Arctic turnstone that winters in South America and Australia
Arenaria-Melanocephala, black turnstone - common turnstone of the Pacific coast of North America
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Purple sandpipers will be competing for food among our rocks along with turnstones, which can be seen on Cleveland's coasts throughout much of the year.
And nowhere else in the world have scientists found so many shorebirds carrying diverse flu strains as when red knots, ruddy turnstones and other species make their migratory stopover at this bay nestled between New Jersey and Delaware.
| Conwy coast: Two Snow Buntings are on the shingle beach at Kinmel Bay, with Skylarks, Reed Buntings and Turnstones for company.
Eurasian N5s have sporadically been found in ruddy turnstones (Arenaria interpres) and an unidentified shore bird at Delaware Bay (GenBank accession nos.
Flying in from as far as Greenland, Scandinavia and Canada, warblers such as purple sandpipers and turnstones migrate to rocky English coasts for winter.
Flying in from as far as Greenland, Scandinavia and Canada, beaked warblers like purple sandpipers and turnstones migrate to rocky English coasts for winter.
The amount of bird life here is quite astonishing and within minutes of leaving my car at Forvie National Nature reserve I had spotted redshanks, curlews and turnstones feeding on the muddy shore.
This helped to attract millions of visitors to the beach which has also become a popular site for wading Turnstones.
Prevalence of AIV in ruddy turnstones (Arenaria interpres morinella) increased after arrival, peaked in mid-late May, and decreased prior to departure.
Another bird spectacle is on Rhos breakwater, where 40 smart turnstones retain their summer plumage.
Other vulnerable birds include the endangered red knots and piping plovers that winter in coastal Florida, as well as the green-winged teal, the American widgeon and other dabbling ducks, loons, white-fronted geese, sandpipers, turnstones, and dowitchers.