Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Rails, Shorebirds, & Gulls Common
The Killdeer is a common, year-round breeding resident on campus. At most times of the year they can be seen in flocks foraging on grassy lawns. In spring and early summer they are usually seen alone or in pairs, and they nest directly on bare dirt or gravel. The Killdeer is a common breeding resident in southern California. The best place to see them on campus is the athletic fields.
High Count: 53, Average Count: 5-10
Killdeer can be identified by its two black breast bands, brown upperparts, and white underparts. Killdeer young are precocial (as are the young of all shorebirds), meaning they are active and able to walk around very soon after hatching.