Killdeer definitions

kĭl'dîr'
A New World plover (Charadrius vociferus) that has a distinctive noisy cry and two black bands across its breast.
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A medium-sized North American plover (Charadrius vociferus) with a high, piercing cry, that nests in open fields, on beaches, etc.
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A North American plover (Charadrius vociferus) with a distinctive cry and territorial behavior that includes feigning injury to distract interlopers from the nest.
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Origin of killdeer

Probably imitative of its call