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killdeer,

common North American shorebird related to the ploverplover
, common name for some members of the large family Charadriidae, shore birds, small to medium in size, found in ice-free lands all over the world. Plovers are plumpish wading birds with pigeonlike bills and strong markings of black or brown above with white below.
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 and the sandpipersandpiper,
common name for some members of the large family Scolopacidae, small shore birds, including the snipe and the curlew. Sandpipers are wading birds with relatively long legs and long, slender bills for probing in the sand or mud for their prey—all sorts of small
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. It is about 10 in. (25 cm) in length and its plumage is grayish brown with a double black band across a white breast. Its simple nest is a depression in the soil or gravel. The killdeer is classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Charadriiformes, family Charadriidae.
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Killdeer incubate their eggs for 24-28 days (Phillips 1972, Lenington 1980), and we estimated the potential hatch date by adding the difference between 24 to the age (in days) of the clutch estimated at discovery.
The title story, "The Killdeer," stars a gutsy little bird that takes on an immense tractor and wins; it is touching and unpretentious, tempts David-and-Goliath comparisons, and could be understood to comment on the relationship of industry to the natural world.
These included beaver tail splash, great blue heron squawk, woodcock "peent," coyote howl, red fox yelp, deer grunt, barred owl hoot, and the calls of screech owl, killdeer, bullfrog, and gray treefrog.
Just as the female killdeer lies to the fox about having a broken wing, male animals are likely to lie to females in order to gain sexual access.
Startled, a killdeer rises, its call a chuckle, a ripped
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But the isles also hold surprises, as I discovered when another crofter happily showed me video footage of a "strange bird" he had seen on his potato field a week before - it was a killdeer, a rare visitor from North America, and sadly long gone by the time I got to scouring the furrows of the spud patch.
The killdeer is another bird that named himself by having a song that could be "translated."
unit and 075 groups NEW MEXICO 9/1-9/22 GMU 9, 34, 52 GMU 6B, 15, 16A 16D, 36, 44/45, 55A NORTH DAKOTA 9/1-10/1 Killdeer Mts./ Killdeer Mts./ Pembina Gorge Pembina Gorge OKLAHOMA NA Wichita Mts.
Thus, when he speaks of a gradual decline in migrating and nesting numbers of Killdeer observed during his life, it is not just a vague impression from memory, but an unquestionable fact based on 60 years of hard data.
Delving deeply into the details of birds ranging from the Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus), the Red-Eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus), and the Mourning Dove (Zenaida macoura), to the Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura), the Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), and forty-five others, Fifty Common Birds Of The Upper Midwest provides readers with a remarkable coverage of the birds routinely observed in the multistate area.