Ecology of Tringa semipalmatus
Main Ref. Gaydos, J.K. and S.F. Pearson, 2011
Remarks A large shorebird that inhabit shallow estuaries and coasts; feeds on tidal flats at low tide. Feeds on invertebrates in algal beds over tidal flats, and occasionally on fish. Diet may include surface-dwelling gastropods, pelecypods, tube-dwelling and talitrid amphipods, mussels, worms and adult insects. Feeds extensively and roosts in salt marshes. Visually searches for prey while walking and by moving algae, rocks, debris or dried mud with its bill. Preyed upon by hawks (Ref. 95082).

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 Tringa semipalmatus 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. Stenzel, L.E., H.R. Huber and G.W. Page, 1976
Feeding habit hunting macrofauna (predator)
Feeding habit Ref. Stenzel, L.E., H.R. Huber and G.W. Page, 1976

Trophic Level(s)

Estimation method original sample unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items 3.37 0.42 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
(e.g. 9948)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Sorongon-Yap, Patricia on 07.22.13
Modified by Polido, Rubyann Robelle on 03.08.16
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