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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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After confirming that the Killdeer Plover was a protected species and the nesting area should not be disturbed, Robertet Flavors stopped all activity and vacated the project site until the birds hatched and the mother left with her young.
Killdeer and Pain instantly wooed the crowd with their sensual voices, while addressing the fans in their mother-tongue.
For instance, in the following passage, readers learn how some birds, in this case a killdeer, protect their young.
The stark and rugged beauty of the East Bloc Killdeer Badlands has marvelously multi-coloured rock formations and outcroppings.
For example, the organ with the highest density of infectious virus particles was a skin sample taken from a Killdeer.
A KILLDEER has been spotted in the Scilly Isles and a Bobolink in Dorset - both arrivals from US.
Mallards, ring-necked ducks, killdeer, marbled godwits, and peregrine falcons settle in for the fall.
Nesting was uncommon even among resident species but was documented (nests and/or young) for Killdeer, Pied-billed Grebe, Least Grebe, Black-necked Stilt and Mottled Duck.
In killdeer, these battles tend to be "subtle," he says.
His works include The Red Heart (1949), lyric poems; A Suit of Nettles (1958), 12 pastoral eclogues; The Killdeer, and Other Plays (1962), verse plays; The Dance of Death at London, Ontario (1963), a poetic satire of that town; and Poems (1972).
Principal battles: Killdeer Mountain (1864); Little Bighorn (near Garryowen, Montana) (1876).