Definition of killdeer in English:



(also killdeer plover)
  • A widespread American plover with a plaintive call that resembles its name.

    Charadrius vociferus, family Charadriidae

    ‘However, there were plenty of resident shorebirds hanging out in the lagoon as well, such as the American coot, killdeer, and American avocet.’
    • ‘Mallards, ring-necked ducks, killdeer, marbled godwits, and peregrine falcons settle in for the fall.’
    • ‘In addition, killdeer, pipits and some shorebirds visit the grassy areas of landfills.’
    • ‘Soon I started driving to the lake north of town, where I found coot and killdeer, and to my uncle's farm to find rufous-sided towhee and field sparrow.’
    • ‘But first, even before I spotted the geese or the fireworks of light on the darkening waters, there was the killdeer on a rock, startling me with its cry that rose above the roar of traffic from the onramp to the freeway nearby.’



/ˈkilˌdir/ /ˈkɪlˌdɪr/


Mid 18th century imitative of its call.