A very common (and noisy) sight throughout South
Dakota in the summer. Killdeer are known for their loud kill-deeeeer cry
and for the adults' famed "crippled bird" behavior in trying to lure predators
away from their nest by feigning injury. Killdeer have become very
accustomed to a human presence, even nesting in suburban areas.
Habitat: Open ground such as pastures,
fields, large lawns, shores, river banks, and mudflats.
Diet: Mostly insects, also earthworms,
snails, and crayfish.
Nesting: May through June
Migration: Killdeer in the Northern U.S. and Canada migrate to the
southern U.S. and Mexico. Southern populations are semi-permanent.
Conservation Status: Widespread and common, and becoming well adapted to living in
a human presence.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Killdeer"
Photo Information: April 26th, 2003 -- Western
Minnehaha County -- Terry Sohl
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