Ecology of Calidris melanotos
Main Ref. Gaydos, J.K. and S.F. Pearson, 2011
Remarks Found on the beach, shoreline, bay and nearshore (Ref. 116102). During migration, and in winter, prefer grassier habitats. Often feed in flocks with other shorebirds. Widely omnivorous; have broad feeding niches particularly during the autumn and spring migrations. Breed on the ground in the Arctic tundra, along the coasts of Alaska, Mackenzie and eastern Siberia. Tropical winter range in Ecuador, South America, migrates from Louisiana and South Dakota, USA during autumn and spring. Metacercariae picked up during migration from intermediate molluscan hosts (Ref. 95178).

Aquatic zones / Water bodies

Marine - Neritic Marine - Oceanic Brackishwater Freshwater
Marine zones / Brackish and freshwater bodies
  • supra-littoral zone
  • littoral zone
  • sublittoral zone
  • epipelagic
  • mesopelagic
  • epipelagic
  • abyssopelagic
  • hadopelagic
  • estuaries/lagoons/brackish seas
  • mangroves
  • marshes/swamps
  • rivers/streams
  • lakes/ponds
  • caves
  • exclusively in caves
Highighted items on the list are where Calidris melanotos may be found.


Substrate Ref.
Special habitats
Special habitats Ref.


Associated with
Association remarks


Feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
Feeding type Ref. Tallman, E.J., K.C. Corkum and D.A. Tallman, 1985
Feeding habit hunting macrofauna (predator)
Feeding habit Ref. Tallman, E.J., K.C. Corkum and D.A. Tallman, 1985

Trophic Level(s)

Estimation method original sample unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items 4.41 0.06 Tentative trophic level derived from 1 + troph of a single food item
(e.g. 9948)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Sorongon-Yap, Patricia on 07.22.13
Modified by Polido, Rubyann Robelle on 01.26.18
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