Creature Feature: The Killdeer


This is the first Killdeer I have had the pleasure to work with. Killdeers are a type of shorebird that you can see usually running around in shorts bursts, stopping, peeking around and bolting off again. You’ll see them in freshly cut fields,golf courses etc…, occasionally you will see them at the shore.They have really skinny  long legs and can be heard shouting KILLDEER. I personally have not heard anything like that except for a few screams once in a while from ours.

They feed on invertebrates like worms, snails and beetles.  They use an interesting tactic to protect their young by distraction. It fakes injuries and flutters around to distract predators from their nests.



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