Turnstone / Vuelvepiedras común
Maximum size: 23 cm
They move in low surf on lonely beaches and marshes. They turn the
pebbles up-side-down, algae and other objects they find on the seashore
and amongst rocks, looking for sea-invertebrates to eat.
The younger individuals display mottled, dun colours with white dots
on their white throats and chest, similar to those of adults. These colours
change completely in summer when they get a black eye-mask with a white
spot in, and the plumage becomes reddish.
They are scarce in the southeast of the Iberian Peninsula and they
can only be seen in the migratory corridors, on the beaches and the marshes.