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Killdeer — Migration

Summer Range: Among the earliest migrants of all American birds, many Killdeers arrive on their breeding range by mid-March, though migration peaks in April. The birds are widespread, breeding throughout North America from east-central Alaska across northern Canada, southward to southern Mexico and the Caribbean.

Winter Range: Killdeers spend winters from southern and coastal British Columbia, across the southern Midwestern states, eastward to coastal Massachusetts and through the southern part of the breeding range into northern and western South America. Many birds fly south only as far as they must in order to find food and open water.