Black turnstone
Turnstone Turn"stone`, n. (Zo["o]l.) Any species of limicoline birds of the genera {Strepsilas} and {Arenaria}, allied to the plovers, especially the common American and European species ({Strepsilas interpres}). They are so called from their habit of turning up small stones in search of mollusks and other aquatic animals. Called also {brant bird}, {sand runner}, {sea quail}, {sea lark}, {sparkback}, and {skirlcrake}. [1913 Webster]

{Black turnstone}, the California turnstone ({Arenaria melanocephala}). The adult in summer is mostly black, except some white streaks on the chest and forehead, and two white loral spots. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Black Turnstone — Taxobox name = Black Turnstone status = LC | status system = IUCN3.1 image width = 240px image caption = Breeding plumaged adult in Alaska. regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Charadriiformes familia = Scolopacidae genus =… …   Wikipedia

  • black turnstone — juodoji akmenė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Arenaria melanocephala angl. black turnstone vok. Schwarzkopf Steinwälzer, m rus. чёрная камнешарка, f pranc. tournepierre noir, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – akmenės …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • black turnstone — noun common turnstone of the Pacific coast of North America • Syn: ↑Arenaria Melanocephala • Hypernyms: ↑turnstone * * * noun : a common turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala) of the Pacific coast of No. America that has a black back with a bronzy… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Turnstone — Turn stone , n. (Zo[ o]l.) Any species of limicoline birds of the genera {Strepsilas} and {Arenaria}, allied to the plovers, especially the common American and European species ({Strepsilas interpres}). They are so called from their habit of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Turnstone — Taxobox name = Turnstones image width = 205px image caption = Ruddy Turnstone in nonbreeding plumage image2 width = 205px image2 caption = Black Turnstone in winter plumage regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves subclassis =… …   Wikipedia

  • turnstone — /terrn stohn /, n. 1. any shorebird of the genus Arenaria, characterized by the habit of turning over stones in search of food. 2. Brit. See ruddy turnstone. [1665 75; TURN + STONE] * * * ▪ bird       either of two species of shorebirds (genus… …   Universalium

  • turnstone — noun Etymology: from a habit of turning over stones to find food Date: circa 1674 either of two shorebirds (genus Arenaria) of the sandpiper family: a. a bird (A. interpres) of worldwide distribution that has black and chestnut upperparts and a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Ruddy Turnstone — Adult in breeding plumage. Conservation status …   Wikipedia

  • ruddy turnstone — a common shorebird, Arenaria interpres, of the New and Old World arctic, wintering south to southern South America and Australia and having striking reddish brown, black, and white plumage. Also called turnstone. [1905 10] * * *       shorebird… …   Universalium

  • Arenaria melanocephala — Turnstone Turn stone , n. (Zo[ o]l.) Any species of limicoline birds of the genera {Strepsilas} and {Arenaria}, allied to the plovers, especially the common American and European species ({Strepsilas interpres}). They are so called from their… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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