Killdeer

(Charadrius vociferus)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Killdeer

NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common migrant and breeder

Habitat

Open ground, fields, lake shores, beaches, mudflats

Size

9 to 11 in length

24 wingspan

Photo by Lynn Rubey
 
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Migration

Late February to Late April and mid-August to November

 
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Taxonomy

Order:

Charadriiformes (shorebirds and relatives)

 

Family:

Charadriidae (plovers and lapwings)

 
Subordinate Taxa

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferous ternominatus)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferous peruvianus)

North American Killdeer (Charadrius vociferous vociferous)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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A Killdeer fledgling along the banks of The Big Stone Lake in Ortonville, Mn. (Big Stone County).

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These four photos are take in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge in Lac qui Parle County near the paved walking path.

A baby chick Killdeer walking on top of the granite outcropping I just stood watching it wander over the rocks and through the plants and grasses.

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A baby Killdeer wandering through the grasses on top of the granite outcropping.

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An adult Killdeer trying to lead me away from its chick.

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An adult Killdeer in flight.

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Adult Killdeer on the granite outcroppings in The Big Stone National Wildlife refuge. Adult Killdeer have 2 black breast bands, unlike other shore birds they are common to dry areas.

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Christa Rittberg
       
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  Killdeer bird fakes being injured
TheSkeezicks
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jan 8, 2010

This is a short video clip of a Killdeer bird leading me away from its nest by running away from me and pretending to be injured.I had always heard about these birds doing this,but had never seen it until the day I was hiking down the shore at Canyon Ferry Lake in Montana.

   
       
  Baby Killdeer
historicjames1609
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jul 19, 2011

Less than a day old, these Killdeer babies are off and running. Amazingly, in their first day of life they look nearly identical to their parents, only on a smaller scale. This bird species nests on the ground, and this particular nest was only one foot away from the path leading to the Voorhees Archaearium (Archaeological Museum). Orange cones set up by one of the archaeologists steered visitors away from the nesting pair in the weeks prior to the eggs hatching. Thousands of visitors walked past this nest and the Killdeer never gave up on the eggs. This video captures one of the adults faking a broken wing in order to lure potential predators (in this case the camera man) away from the nest and vulnerable hatchlings. Every year in the late spring or early summer, at Historic Jamestowne, nesting pairs of Killdeer can be observed in the area around the James Fort site and the Archaearium Museum.

   
       
  A pair of Killdeer Birds
Kansas A
 
   
 
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Uploaded on May 23, 2007

Two killdeer birds protecting their nest near my garden. At the end of the video a picture of two babies.

   
       
  Killdeer
Alan Heath
 
   
 
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Published on Mar 9, 2012

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The Killdeer is a plover. Its range is across the Western Hemisphere. In the summer, Killdeer live as far north as the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, the Yukon, Quebec, as well as the southern parts of the U.S. state of Alaska. Killdeer hold a year-round presence across the southern half of the United States and parts of Peru. The Killdeer winters throughout Central America. Although Killdeer are considered shorebirds, they often live far from water. They live in grassland habitats such as fields, meadows, and pastures. The nest itself is merely a shallow depression or bowl in the ground, fringed by some stones and blades of grass. The nest is well camouflaged, as the spots of the eggs disguise them as stones, and the simple structure of the nest resembles its surroundings. Like many other waders, Killdeer hatchlings are precocial birds and are able to see and forage soon after hatching

They are migratory in northern areas and winter as far south as northern South America. They are rare vagrants to western Europe, usually late in the year.

These birds forage for food in fields, mudflats, and shores, usually by sight. They mainly eat insects.

Their name comes from their frequently heard call. These birds will frequently use a distraction display ("broken-wing act") to distract predators from their nests. This involves the bird walking away from its nesting area holding its wing in a position that simulates an injury and then flapping around on the ground emitting a distress call. The predators then think they have easy prey and are attracted to this seemingly injured bird and away from the nest. If the parent sees that a potential predator is not following them, they will move closer and get louder until they get the attention of the predator. This is repeated until the predator is far from the nest, and the killdeer suddenly "heals" and flies away.

Their ability to exploit a wide range of agricultural and semi-urban habitat has helped keep them common and widespread in their range.

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  KILLDEER BIRD
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Published on Jan 21, 2014

Seen here in high definition [HD] video, a killdeer bird in the city park, northern Arizona. Time is about 5:15 pm, just before sunset, late January. Have you seen a killdeer bird? Leave a comment.

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Ramona Abrego

Location: Washington County

Killdeer


Lynn Rubey
6/17/2020

Location: Ortonville, Mn. (Big Stone County)

A Killdeer fledgling along the banks of The Big Stone Lake in Ortonville, Mn. (Big Stone County).

Killdeer


Lynn Rubey
6/9/2020

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

An adult Killdeer trying to lead me away from its chick.

Killdeer


Fr. Jason Houck
5/2/2020

Location: New Brighton, MN

Saw a killdeer today 5/2/20 at the edge of the pond at Hansen Park


Olga Zenteno
6/29/2019

Location: St Cloud MN 33rd St S and German St

Saw 4-6 Kildeer in this area- there are ditches with water in them


Lynn Rubey
5/23/2019

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

Adult Killdeer on the granite outcroppings in The Big Stone National Wildlife refuge. Adult Killdeer have 2 black breast bands, unlike other shore birds they are common to dry areas.

Killdeer


Andrea R.
5/2/2019

Location: Golden Valley at Louisiana and Laurel across from the Laurel Ponds

I am not a birder so not 100% sure, but the bird was very unusual (had never seen one like this before). It had two thick black rings around its neck. I checked the Sibley   Guide and the Killdeer is the bird that comes close.


quiltah44
5/30/2017

Location: Humboldt, MN


 
         
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