Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Killdeer, November 9, 2016

Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, November 7, 2016
Killdeer, Charadrius vociferous, are the most commonly seen plovers in the United States. There are 60 species of plovers worldwide; nine of them breed in North America.

Killdeer are classified as shorebirds, but are seen inland wherever there is water. Even a small pond may attract them. Listening for their loud calls, kill-dee kill-deer, is often the easiest way to locate them. A mated pair may stay together for several years.

They eat earthworms, crayfish, minnows, and insects. They also search harvested fields to find and eat left-over grain.

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  1. Our killdeer have left for their winter vacation.

    1. We are happy to welcome them here!

  2. Fantastic photos of a really pretty bird. It definitely has the same body shape as the plovers I see in the dairy paddocks here in New Zealand.

  3. I've always loved killdeer. Great photos!

  4. Nice pics, Lea. Hope you have a good weekend!


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