Killdeer
Charadrius vociferus (L.)
Family: Charadridae (Lapwings & Plovers


Photo courtest Mike Carter, Pensacola, Fl
May 2010


Killdeer Eggs in Gravel Nest

The Killdeer has double breast bands (distinctive) as is its loud piercing call. The rump is bright reddish-orange that will be clearly visible in flight. The downy young have only one breast band. The killdeer is common in grassy fields and on shores. The nest is usually on open ground or gravel. These birds may form loose flocks and linger into early winter in its summer range.

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