Ecology of Calidris acuminata
Main Ref. Oliver, W.R.B., 1912
Remarks A wader; feeds in marshes and floodplains; breeds near river lowlands (Ref. 95154). Highly omnivorous. The Hunter estuary saltmarsh and intertidal mudflats, south-eastern Australia, identified as feeding and roosting ground for non-breeding birds; where they feed during the day and roost at night; from where they migrate to Alaska, Siberia, Mongolia, northern China or Japan to breed each season. Overwintering birds preyed on by raptors in this region; non-breeding plumage provide good camouflage in the saltmarsh; observed flattening themselves against vegetation when raptors are overhead; when sensing threat, vocalizes warning alarm calls to alert the flock. Population decline linked to coastal developments that compromise their saltmarsh habitat (Ref. 95283).

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 acuminata may be found.


Substrate Ref.
Special habitats
Special habitats Ref.


Associated with
Association remarks


Feeding type plants/detritus+animals (troph. 2.2-2.79)
Feeding type Ref. Spencer, J., 2010
Feeding habit
Feeding habit Ref.

Trophic Level(s)

Estimation method original sample unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items 3.14 0.29 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 02.23.12
Modified by Hilomen, Teresa on 03.08.16
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