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n. pl. killdeer or kill·deers
A New World plover (Charadrius vociferus) that has a distinctive noisy cry and two black bands across its breast.

[Probably imitative of its call.]


n, pl -deer or -deers
(Animals) a large brown-and-white North American plover, Charadrius vociferus, with two black breast bands and a noisy cry
[C18: of imitative origin]



n., pl. -deers, -deer.
a common New World plover of farmland and meadows, Charadrius vociferus, having two black bands around the upper breast.
[1725–35, Amer.; imitative]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.killdeer - American plover of inland waters and fields having a distinctive crykilldeer - American plover of inland waters and fields having a distinctive cry
plover - any of numerous chiefly shorebirds of relatively compact build having straight bills and large pointed wings; closely related to the sandpipers
Charadrius, genus Charadrius - type genus of the Charadriidae: plovers
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The tiny white bird is constantly at the side of the much larger killdeer, leaving many to think the plover is the killdeer's chick.
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Our family got to observe a male and female killdeer setting up their family in our green beans.
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Of special note is the addition to this highly recommended picturebook for children a very special educational section, 'For Creative Minds', that provides children with fun facts about birds, 'bird math', bird injuries, and a 'Match the Nest' activity with nest information for Magpies, Killdeer, Robins, Screech-Owls, Starlings, Brewer's Blackbird; the Common Grackle, Meadowlarks, Whip-poor-wills, Mourning Doves, and the Northern Oriole.