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Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
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Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

General Description: Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) are medium-sized, short-legged shorebirds that are gray above, white under, and have two black bars across the white front. In flight, they show a red rump.

Taxonomy: Charadriiformes, Charadriidae, Charadriinae.

Favored Habitat: Shallow marshes and mudflats with islands for resting and breeding.

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Where to Find: Around Las Vegas, look for Killdeer at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, the Pahranagat Valley, and the Overton Wildlife Management Area.

Comments: Around Las Vegas, Killdeer nest in flat, open areas such as gravel parking lots and gravel roads. They are very noisy and work hard at leading potential predators (such as people) away from their nest.

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) If you were a tasty little water bug, this might be the last face you ever see!
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Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
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Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Killdeer in flight; notice the long white wing bar and rusty rump.
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Killdeer in flight; notice the long white wing bar and rusty rump.
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Tuolumne Meadows Soda Springs in Yosemite National Park
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Tuolumne Meadows Soda Springs in Yosemite National Park
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Tuolumne Meadows Soda Springs in Yosemite National Park
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Tuolumne Meadows Soda Springs in Yosemite National Park
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Killdeer at Salt Creek in Death Valley.
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Killdeer at Cement Pond at Corn Creek
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Nesting habitat on edge of drainage channel
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Nesting habitat on edge of drainage channel

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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