photo by Phil Swanson

Charadrius vociferus
L 10 1/2″(27 cm).

Song or calls:
Listen (UNL audio)

Shrill “kill-deer, kill-deer.”

Description: Sexes similar. Two complete black breast bands are distinctive. Grayish-brown above, and white below. Reddish-orange rump is visible in flight.

Bird Map
Habitat: Highly adaptable. Found in open fields during migration and usually breeds near wetlands with exposed ground. Prefers to nest in stony or sandy areas, but will nest in a variety of locations.

Where in Nebraska: Common to abundant spring and fall migrant and summer resident across the state. Occasionally overwinters. Regular breeder.

Fun Facts: Known for its distraction display of faking a broken wing. Often found along roadsides. A very hardy and vociferous species.

Killdeer - photo by Phil Swanson Killdeer - photo by Phil Swanson
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