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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