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Killdeer and Chicks
Killdeer on Nest

Top © Julia Flanagan, Kildeer with Chicks

Left © Eli Hosen, Ashville, North Carolina

Bottom left © Julia Flanagan, Killdeer eggs

Bottom right © Kim Hosen, Killdeer, Occoquan Bay Refuge, Woodbridge, Virginia

Kildeer Eggs

Plover Family

Killdeer frequent open areas and are right at home in suburban areas.

Although they especially like mudflats and sandbars, Killdeer do well in human-modified habitats such as athletic fields, airports, golf courses, graveled or broken-asphalt parking lots, and graveled rooftops.

They eat earthworms, grasshoppers, beetles, and snails.