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Black Turnstone - Arenaria melanocephala

Native Species
Accidental Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNA

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General Description
The Black Turnstone breeds along the coast of Alaska, mainly on the central Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta (Handel and Gill 2001). This species winters along rocky shores of the Pacific Coast (Sibley 2014). In Montana, the Black Turnstone has a single recorded observation and is considered an accidental species (Montana Bird Distribution Committee 2012).

For a comprehensive review of the conservation status, habitat use, and ecology of this and other Montana bird species, please see Marks et al. 2016, Birds of Montana.

Species Range

Western Hemisphere Range


Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 1

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Relative Density


SUMMER (Feb 16 - Dec 14)
Direct Evidence of Breeding

Indirect Evidence of Breeding

No Evidence of Breeding

WINTER (Dec 15 - Feb 15)
Regularly Observed

Not Regularly Observed


(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus melanopygus and Bombus sylvicola (Wilson et al. 2010, Koch et al. 2012, Williams et al. 2014).

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Black Turnstone — Arenaria melanocephala.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from