Shorebirds and surf clams: An unusual interaction

N. Tsipoura, J. Burger

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After a severe storm in 1996 along the Atlantic Ocean shore of New Jersey that washed up large numbers of surf clams (Spisula solidissima) onto the beach, we found 39 Dunlin (Calidris alpina) with bills caught between the two valves of the clams. There was a flock of about 3,000 dunlin actively feeding on the clams along the 6.5 km of beach censused. This interaction of surf clams with shorebirds has not been described before, but the clams may be an important food source as well as mortality factor for these birds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)140-141
Number of pages2
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Animal Science and Zoology


  • Calidris alba
  • Calidris alpina
  • Dunlin
  • Foraging
  • Sanderling
  • Surf Clam
  • Winter mortality


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