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Killdeer   (Charadrius Vociferus)
Killdeer   (Charadrius Vociferus)

Killdeer (Charadrius Vociferus)

14 x 18"

The Killdeer, or plover, is a common bird found over open parts of the country.  It is conspicuous for its broken wing act which is to lure intruders away from the nest.  It acts as if injured by calling, dragging and fluttering along the ground.  Found along waters edge, it also resides in fields and pastures far from water.  The nest is located on the ground and courtship consists of nest-scrape making in open areas.  Male flies over nest giving killdeer call.  Young feed themselves but are tended by both parents.  In warmer ranges, may have two broods per year.  Diet consists of insects, caterpillars, grasshoppers, spiders, earthworms, centipedes, crayfish, snails and some seeds.