The killdeer is a medium-sized plover. Adults have a brown back and wings, a white belly, and a white breast with two black bands. The rump is tawny orange. The face and cap are brown with a white forehead. They have an orange-red eyering. The chicks are patterned almost identically to the adults. The killdeer frequently uses a "broken wing act" to distract predators from the nest.
Their breeding habitat is open fields or lawns, often quite far from water. These birds forage for food in fields, mudflats, and shores, usually by sight. They mainly eat insects.
the speckled eggs themselves look like stones. Like many other waders, Killdeer hatchlings are able to see and forage soon after hatching.