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Killdeer chicks are precocial which means they are born with their eyes open, all their feathers and will immediately start scurrying around looking for food. Parents will fake wing injuries and lure potential predators away from the young if they are threatened.

Killdeer chicks are precocial which means they are born with their eyes open, all their feathers and will immediately start scurrying around looking for food. Parents will fake wing injuries and lure potential predators away from the young if they are threatened.

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Koichuch
Koichuch
5 months ago
Daddysgirl5780
Daddysgirl5780
5 months ago

It looks like its wearing a hat

BadStriker
BadStriker
5 months ago

Incredible birds! I used to save them from sludge beds all the time when I was at the sewer plant. We would bring them in the lab and scrub them down with Dawn. Moms did the broken wing thing and were always pissed save for one. She was to exhausted. But she made it!

Bonedraco1980
Bonedraco1980
5 months ago

As many killdeer as I’ve seen, I cannot say I’ve seen a baby one. Cute ball of fluff

Ergone56
Ergone56
5 months ago

my parents always have killdeer nesting in the driveway. sometimes we would move the eggs so they wouldn’t get run over.

its_nigiorno
its_nigiorno
5 months ago

I grew up with these fellers in the greenbelt next to my house, my friends and I would feed and raise ones with no parents around and we’d help them learn to fly by throwing them like footballs. Raising was effective without any casualties

Rosijuana1
Rosijuana1
5 months ago

Lapwing?

GlutenFreeWiFi
GlutenFreeWiFi
5 months ago

One time, my husband and I were out doing some yard work and these two adult killdeer were making an awful lot of noise. Running around, squawking, flapping their wings. I thought this was odd, so we stopped and watched them for a minute and I said, “something is wrong” and walked over by where they were.

I looked into our window well and at the bottom was a baby killdeer! The parents were trying to get our attention!

My husband got the ladder and climbed down, scooped up the bird and put it on the grass. The little family started chirping and hopping around. We saw them a while later in the backyard dancing around in the sprinklers to celebrate their happy little reunion. They’re so cute!

bumbah
bumbah
5 months ago

We had these in the field behind our house growing up. The faking injury was really cool to see; really effective too. Never ended up finding their nests cuz we let well enough alone

TheGhastKing332
TheGhastKing332
5 months ago

Happy cake day

KeekatLove
KeekatLove
5 months ago

That tiny tail on that fluffy butt is killing me!

Acciosanity
Acciosanity
5 months ago

Happy cake day!

TheSomberWolf
TheSomberWolf
5 months ago

God the call they make when they lose a baby is so sad and annoying. For about 3 days they just call and call.

missemilyjane42
missemilyjane42
5 months ago
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ThinkSharp
ThinkSharp
5 months ago

It’s cool and fun as heck. They were in our horse field every year, always running everywhere. When you get close they really do start flopping around and making noise. Loved them, and their call.

tiedyedpillowcase
tiedyedpillowcase
5 months ago

We had a killdeer make a nest in the middle of our driveway. We ended up putting cones around the nest to make sure we didnt accidentally back up into the wrong spot. The part about them faking to be hurt is 100% true. But as we got *too* close to the nest to lay the cones, it started come after us and screeching really loud.

SusieSuze
SusieSuze
5 months ago

They also sing the sweetest peep peep peep songs all together in big family groups at night!!

It’s like humans singing around the campfire!

Source: lived on a waterfront wildlife sanctuary where they nested.

doubtfullfreckles
doubtfullfreckles
5 months ago

It’s a cotton ball with legs

tinyirishgirl
tinyirishgirl
5 months ago

Happy Cake Day.

🎂🎉🎊❤️

Quacker_Kyle
Quacker_Kyle
5 months ago

Happy cake day.

I_Eat_Queef_Jerky
I_Eat_Queef_Jerky
5 months ago

What the hell kinda name is a killdeer? Is this some kind of plover, but in freedom hamburger units? hahaha

SuperSonicLionel
SuperSonicLionel
5 months ago

Is that a feature of parental behaviour for all precocial birds?

bluestella2
bluestella2
5 months ago

Aww, that fact about the parents is both heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. Or maybe my hormones are talking.

Imaginary_Friend_17
Imaginary_Friend_17
5 months ago

I don’t know why, but I thought it would end in “parents will fake injuries so they wouldn’t have to fly with them”

tyhatts
tyhatts
5 months ago

After 34 years of life, I stubbled upon a nest in the yard at our shop.

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mom was not happy…. I gave her lots of room though.

PerpetuallySalt
PerpetuallySalt
5 months ago

There is a killdeer couple that nests in our backyard every summer. They also bop their heads when they chirp. They’re cute, goofy little things.

HomeLessFrogg
HomeLessFrogg
5 months ago

So basically they’re never not cute?

instanormie1
instanormie1
5 months ago

happy cake day!

AniyahSamone1
AniyahSamone1
5 months ago

What kind of giraffe is this?

HambonesGambones
HambonesGambones
5 months ago

Precocious little scamps

Robertbnyc
Robertbnyc
5 months ago

They must have some massive balls when first born as well

onlyexcellentchoices
onlyexcellentchoices
5 months ago

Love watching killdeers do the fake injury thing and dupe hawks in our field.

FckingAnxiety
FckingAnxiety
5 months ago

That’s pretty cool. I was on a run with a buddy and saw a killdeer screaming on the ground. He told me what kind of bird she was but I assumed she really was sick or injured. Must’ve worked, I didn’t see any chicks

konarikukko
konarikukko
5 months ago

I don’t think that thing can kill deer.

dislob3
dislob3
5 months ago

We had some on our terrain. The mom does an annoying sound to lure potential predators away from the chicks.

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Happy first birthday to my lovely floof Luthien!

Happy first birthday to my lovely floof Luthien!