Killdeer — Charadrius vociferus

Order Charadriiformes
Family Charadriidae
Genus Charadrius
Species vociferus
A common noisy breeding plover of the farm country. Note the two black breast bands (chicks have 1 band). In flight, it displays a golden­tawny rump, longish tail, and white wing stripe. Its call is a noisy, loud, insistent "kill­deeah", repeated often. It also calls with a plaintive "dee­ee". Killdeers are known to nest on gravel areas with the eggs in the open. They pretend to have a broken wing, luring predators away from the nest. They can be found in fields, farms, shores, river banks, airports and lawns. They nest in the northern states and Canada, and move to the southern states in winter.

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