Killdeer can raise two broods in a season. The eggs, incubated by both
the male and the female, hatch in 24 to 26 days. Incubation at night is
mostly by the male. The female incubates during the day.
Incubation begins after the clutch is complete. The eggs then hatch
synchronously. The precocial chicks leave the nest shortly after hatching
and are ready to feed themselves. The parents lead the young to water and
guard them for another 25 days until they are able to fly.
Banding studies show that these birds can live up to 6 years in the wild.
If you should recover a banded Killdeer, you can report the band number and
recovery information to the Bird Banding Lab by calling 1-800-327-BAND. Your
report will add valuable information to what is known about this species.
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Geographic. Washington, DC. 664 Pp.
Baicich, P. J. and C. J. O. Harrison. 1997. A Guide to the Nests, Eggs,
and Nestlings of North American Birds. 2nd Ed. Academic Press, Boston. 347
Hayman, P., J. Marchant, and T. Prater. 1986. Shorebirds. An
Identification Guide to the Waders of the World. Houghton Mifflin Co.,
Terres, J. K. 1995. The National Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North
American Birds. Wings Books, NY. 1,109 Pp.
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