Common Names: Ruddy turnstone
Sub-category: Sandpipers & Allies
It is a fairly small and stocky bird, 8.7 to 9.4 inches long with a wingspan of 20 to 22 inches and a weight of 3 to 5.3 ounces. The bill is dark, wedge-shaped, and slightly upturned. The legs are fairly short and are bright orange.
In all seasons, the plumage is dominated by a harlequin-like pattern of black and white. Breeding birds have reddish-brown upper parts with black markings. The head is mainly white with black streaks on the crown and a black pattern on the face. The breast is mainly black apart from a white patch on the sides. The rest of the underparts are white. In flight it reveals a white wingbar, white patch near the base of the wing and white lower back, rump and tail with dark bands on the uppertail-coverts and near the tip of the tail. The female is slightly duller than the male and has a browner head with more streaking. Non-breeding adults are duller than breeding birds and have dark grey-brown upperparts with black mottling and a dark head with little white. Juvenile birds have a pale brown head and pale fringes to the upperpart feathers creating a scaly impression.
They are found along the shoreline in Connecticut.