Origin of turnstone
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This peculiarity has gained for the Turnstone its trivial name.
The Turnstone changes its haunts but little during the breeding season.
The Turnstone is a restless 88 little creature, ever on the run in quest of food.
The stout, short-legged Turnstone is the most cosmopolitan of birds.An Australian Bird Book
John Albert Leach
The Turnstone belongs to a fourth family, but it is a very small one.Citizen Bird
Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
- 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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