(Charadrius vociferus) Description: Double breast bands are this bird's most distinctive feature. Rust colored back and white breast; bright reddish-orange rump visible in flight.
Habitat: Fields, meadows, pastures, mud flats, occasionally on coast.
Diet: Mostly insects.
Displays: Male courtship on ground and in air with loud calling and sham nest-scraping movements.
Nest: On open ground with extended view, often associated with human habitation; or on soft
soil withcamouflaging stones, gravel and pebbles. Nest can be lined or unlined.
Eggs: Buff, marked with blackish brown; about 1 1/2 inches long.
Natural history notes: A member of the plover family, the killdeer has a loud, piercing call, kill-dee , echoed in the bird's name. The adult will feign a broken wing or leg to lead intruders away from the nest.