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Killdeer — Water Connection

• Killdeers are members of the bird family called plovers; the name plover probably derives from the Latin pluvia, meaning rain. Plovier was Old French for “rain-bird” but why plovers came to be associated with rain remains a mystery.

• Along with other members of the plover family, Killdeers are strong fliers, fast runners, and good swimmers.

• In the southern part of their breeding range, incubating Killdeers sometimes soak their bellies in water before sitting on the nest, thus cooling the eggs.