Killdeer

Animal Guide : Birds

Killdeer
Fun Fact:
This shorebird is a good actor: faking a broken wing and pretending to be an easy snack, it lures predators away from its nest.

What's for Lunch:
Insects

Where's Home:
Grassy areas, year-round

Scientific Name:
Charadrius vociferous

Animal Guide : Birds

Overview:
The Killdeer is well-adapted to human-made habitats. It's often seen hunting for insects on lawns and golf courses as well as beaches and wetlands. Its call, which sounds like "kill-deer," carries a long way. It has a plump, tawny body, large eyes, two bands around its neck, and an orange rump. If a predator approaches its nest, a Killdeer pretends to be injured, luring the intruder away.