Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)

The Ruddy Turnstone is one of the most conspicuous migratory coastal birds that pass through the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Their plumage is fairly colorful, with white underparts, orange legs, wings that are patched in orange and black, black throat and gray head with black markings. This is true of breeding adult males, but also of females and juveniles, although with streaked face and throat instead of black.

Ruddy Turnstone, Breeding - Arenaria interpres - Vuelvepiedras Rojizo, Plumaje Reproductivo (2)

A breeding adult male (left) on the same rock as a juvenile individual (right)

Ruddy Turnstone, Breeding - Arenaria interpres - Vuelvepiedras Rojizo, Plumaje Reproductivo (1)

Another breeding adult male, now sharing space with a small sandpiper

Ruddy Turnstone, Non-breeding - Arenaria interpres - Vuelvepiedras Rojizo, Plumaje No Reproductivo (2)

Juveniles are duller, but not easily confused with other sandpiper species, as they are generally bigger and their body shape is different

Ruddy Turnstone, Non-breeding - Arenaria interpres - Vuelvepiedras Rojizo, Plumaje No Reproductivo

This juvenile was alone at this rock and stood there for a few minutes until the tide started crashing waves at it

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