Migratory Birds of the Great Lakes University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
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Killdeer Description

Common throughout the Great Lakes region, the Killdeer is among a family of small to medium-sized shorebirds with short bills, short necks, short tails, pointed wings and fast flight. Although often found on lake and river shores foraging for insects or small animals, the Killdeer also makes use of fields and pastures far from water. The bird’s characteristic foraging method involves running, stopping, pecking, waiting, bobbing its head, then running again.