Mar 202010


One of my favorites!   The Killdeer.  What a character.  This bird is one that can be watched for a long period.  They offer a lot of humor especially if you stumble upon one near their nest.  Acting as if it has a broken wing to draw the oncoming predator to it rather than it’s eggs or young.  A very quick bird in flight.  Almost impossible to photograph during flight.  And it’s beautiful markings make it easy to identify.



  • Size & Shape

    Killdeer have the characteristic large, round head, large eye, and short bill of all plovers. They are especially slender and lanky, with a long, pointed tail and long wings.

  • Color Pattern

    Brownish-tan on top and white below. The white chest is barred with two black bands, and the brown face is marked with black and white patches. The bright orange-buff rump is conspicuous in flight.

  • Behavior

    Killdeer spend their time walking along the ground or running ahead a few steps, stopping to look around, and running on again. When disturbed they break into flight and circle overhead, calling repeatedly. Their flight is rapid, with stiff, intermittent wingbeats.

  • Habitat

    Look for Killdeer on open ground with low vegetation (or no vegetation at all), including lawns, golf courses, driveways, parking lots, and gravel-covered roofs, as well as pastures, fields, sandbars and mudflats. This species is one of the least water-associated of all shorebirds.

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