killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 8 inches
Medium-sized, long-winged shorebird
Short, fairly thick dark bill
Red eye ring
White forehead and white stripe behind eye
Brown face; black lores and upper borders to the white forehead and collar
Brown cap, back and wings
White breast and belly
Two black breast bands
White wing stripe at the bases of the flight feathers is visible in flight
Brown tail with black subterminal band, white terminal band and bar- red, white outer tail feathers
Tail extends beyond wing tips at rest
Juveniles similar to adult
All other plovers lack the two black breastbands. Very young killdeer
have a single breastband and could be confused with piping, Wilson's,
snowy or semipalmated plovers, but are usually still downy, have black
bills (any piping or semipalmated plover having a breastband will also
have an orange bill with a black tip), and are colored above like the
adult (eliminating the paler piping and snowy).
Migration Status: Short distance migrant
Breeding Habitat: N/A
Nest Location: N/A
Nest Type: N/A
Clutch Size: 4
Length of Incubation: 24-28 days
Days to Fledge: 25
Number of Broods: 1, often 2
Diet: Primarily insects
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May U
Su - Summer: June, July, August U
Fall: September, October, November U
Winter: December, January, February U
Crooked Run Valley