The Killdeer is a medium-sized plover bird. The adults have a brown back and wings, a white belly, and a white breast with two black bands. The rump is tawny orange. The face and cap are brown with a white forehead. The eyering orange-red. The chicks are patterned almost identically to the adults. The bird is 27 cm (10,5in) long.

Habitat and Distribution

The range of the Killdeer spreads across the Western Hemisphere. In the summer, Killdeer live in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta,the Yukon and Quebec, as well as the southern parts of Alaska. Killdeer hold a year-round presence across the southern half of the United States and parts of Peru. The bird winters in Central America. They live in grassland habitats such as fields, meadows, and pastures.


These birds forage for food in fields, mudflats, and shores, usually by sight. They mainly eat insects.


The nest is a shallow depression or bowl in the ground, fringed by some stones and blades of grass. The nest is well camouflaged, as the spots of the eggs disguise them as stones and the simple structure of the nest resembles its surroundings.

Calls and Songs

The call is a loud, piercing kill-dee or dee-dee-dee