Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Turnstone, any bird of the northern genus Strepsilas, of the Plover family, so called from their habit of turning over stones with their bill in search of the crustaceans and molluscs on which they feel. The Common Turnstone (S. interpres) breeds in Europe as far south as Denmark, visiting Britain in winter. It is about nine inches long, with black, white, and chestnut plumage.