Definitions for killdeerˈkɪlˌdɪər
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a common New World plover of farmland and meadows, Charadrius vociferus, having two black bands around the upper breast.
Origin of killdeer:
1725–35, Amer.; imit.
killdeer, kildeer, killdeer plover, Charadrius vociferus(noun)
American plover of inland waters and fields having a distinctive cry
A North American plover (Charadrius vociferus) with a distinctive cry and territorial behavior that includes feigning injury to distract interlopers from the nest.
Origin: Imitative of the bird's call.
a small American plover (Aegialitis vocifera)
The Killdeer is a medium-sized plover. 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, and are precocial — able to move around immediately after hatching. The Killdeer frequently uses a "broken wing act" to distract predators from the nest. It is named onomatopoeically after its call.
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