(Charadrius vociferus)

Killdeers are the kings of camouflage especially when it comes to their nesting habits.....this photo was taken in the gravel parking lot across from Sierra College.

Mother bird feigns injury to distract those in the vicinity of her nest and lure them out of the area....

Length: 7.9 to 11 inches

Weight: 2.6 to 4.5 oz

Wingspan: 18.1 to 18.9 inches

Lifespan: The oldest recorded Killdeer was at least 10 years, 11 months old when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Kansas.

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Killdeer chick photographed early morning 6-21-17 near Monte Verde Park, Rocklin CA. Parent birds were nearby and displaying broken-wing behavior in attempts to lure photographer away from chick.


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  2. "Killdeer". Audubon Guide to North American Birds. Retrieved October, 2016.
  3. "Killdeer". Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved October, 2016.