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Favorite Images of Killdeers

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A list of my favorite images of killdeers.


The killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) is a medium-sized plover.

It is a noisy bird, whose English name comes from its distinctive kill deer cry.

The adult has a brown back and wings, a white belly and a white breast with two black bands. The rump is tawny orange. The face and cap are brown with a white forehead. The eyering is orange-red.

The chicks are patterned almost identically with the adults and are precocial (able to move around immediately after hatching).

The killdeer often uses a "broken-wing act" to distract predators from the nest. It is named onomatopoeically after its call.

Adult killdeer range in length from 23–27 cm (9.1–10.6 in) with a wingspan averaging 47 cm (19 in). The largest ringed plover killdeer weigh 88 g (3.1 oz) on average.

There are three subspecies of the killdeer, including the nominate:

C. v. vociferus – The nominate subspecies, found in the US (including southeastern Alaska), southern Canada, Mexico and very locally south to Panama. It winters to northwestern South America.
C. v. ternominatus – This subspecies is found on the Bahamas, the Greater Antilles and Virgin Islands.
C. v. peruvianus – This South American subspecies is found in west Ecuador, Peru and extreme northwest Chile.

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