Bird of the Week – Killdeer


Killdeer, a species of plover, are uncommon in Alaska.

Killdeer, Airport Ponds, Fairbanks

Killdeer, Airport Ponds, Fairbanks

Famous for the call that gives them their name and their remarkable broken-wing display they use to lead you away from the nest, are North America’s most common plover.

Killdeer, Juneau, Alaska

Killdeer, Juneau, Alaska

Fairbanks is at or near the northernmost edge of their usual range. But Killdeer are present in low numbers year-round in Southeast Alaska. Unlike their smaller cousins, Semipalmated Plovers, Killdeer habituate to human activity and are common in parks, golf courses and sports fields.

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