Friday, April 05, 2013


Killdeer - Charadrius vociferus

Nests are a usually a shallow unlined depression in the ground and if you are too close, the bird will feign injury, such as a broken wing.  This "distraction display" is meant to lead a potential predator away from the nest. These birds might have two broods a year. 
Killdeer are often the first shorebirds to arrive in the Calgary region. The Killdeer in the photos above were spotted on November 24, 2011 and January 29, 2012, and might therefore have overwintered in the region. 


The Atlas of Breeding Birds of Alberta. 
Federation of Alberta Naturalists. 2007.

Baicich PJ, Harrison CJO. Nests, Eggs, and Nestlings of North American Birds. Princeton UP. 2005.

Fisher C, Acorn J. Birds of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing. Edmonton. 1998.

Sibley David A. The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior. Alfred A Knopf, Inc. New York. 2001.

Tudge Colin. The Bird. Crown Publishers. New York. 2008.

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