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Charadrius vociferus


This killdeer performed a broken-wing display, feigning injury presumably to deter me from its nest. This is a classic defensive response to predators. Notice that it resumes normal behavior once I moved away.


Seen in a parking lot. Open areas with short vegetation make good nesting sites for killdeer.

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mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah a year ago

Nice story, Tukup. :) Thank you for sharing. This was my first time seeing a killdeer.

Tukup a year ago

Beautiful shot Mauna. When I was a kid I used to chase all the killdeer with broken wings. Even though my dad told me they were "faking it" I could get sooooo close, I was sure I would get one :-) Thanks for sharing.

mauna Kunzah
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mauna Kunzah

Florida, USA

Lat: 28.06, Long: -82.83

Spotted on Dec 17, 2017
Submitted on Feb 10, 2019

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