Killdeers, in the Plover family, are the most commonly seen shorebirds in the United States. Unlike most other shorebirds, they venture inland to live near ponds, lakes and waterways. Their main food sources are beetles, grasshoppers, and other insects. Also included in their diet: spiders, earthworms, centipedes, crayfish, snails, and seeds. Their name comes from their call: a loud piercing kill-deer, kill-dee, dee-dee-dee!
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