What won't Turnstones eat?

British Birds



The Turnstone Arenaria interpres probably has one of the most varied diets of any wader species. Besides the 'normal' foods taken (see, e.g., Prater 1972, Nettleship 1973, Jones 1975), a considerable variety of 'unusual' foods and feeding behaviours has also been reported. Items taken include soap, gull excrement, dog food, potato peels, cheese, oatmeal, and the flesh of dead animals, including birds, a sheep Ovis, a wolf Lupus, a cat Felis, and a human corpse (Bell 1961; Campbell 1966; King 1961, 1964, 1982; King 1982; MacDonald & Parmelee 1962; Mercer 1966; Selway & Kendall 1965; Spencer 1966).

Additional publication details

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title What won't Turnstones eat?
Series title British Birds
Volume 79
Year Published 1986
Language English
Publisher The British Birds Charitable Trust
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center
Description 2 p.
First page 402
Last page 403
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