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 for Black turnstone
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Turnstone \Turn"stone`\, n. (Zool.)
     Any species of limicoline birds of the genera Strepsilas
     and Arenaria, allied to the plovers, especially the common
     American and European species ({Strepsilas interpres). They
     are so called from their habit of turning up small stones in
     search of mollusks and other aquatic animals. Called also
     brant bird, sand runner, sea quail, sea lark,
     sparkback, and skirlcrake.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Black turnstone, the California turnstone ({Arenaria
        melanocephala). The adult in summer is mostly black,
        except some white streaks on the chest and forehead, and
        two white loral spots.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  black turnstone
      n 1: common turnstone of the Pacific coast of North America
           [syn: black turnstone, Arenaria-Melanocephala]

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