The plover of the plain is the turnstone, strepsilus interpres.
This peculiarity has gained for the turnstone its trivial name.
The turnstone belongs to a fourth family, but it is a very small one.
The turnstone changes its haunts but little during the breeding season.
The turnstone (Strepsilas interpres) arrives in the islands in August after breeding in Alaska.
The stout, short-legged turnstone is the most cosmopolitan of birds.
The turnstone breeds throughout the northern parts of the Nearctic and Palæarctic regions, as far as land is known to extend.
The food of the turnstone is composed of sand-worms, crustaceans, molluscs, and other small marine animals.
The turnstone is a restless 88 little creature, ever on the run in quest of food.
Although the turnstone and semipalmated plovers are reminiscent, they are quite distinct and not to be confused.