September 18, 2016

A deceit of lapwings.

Anne spotted a large group of killdeer in a puddle in a farmers field.
There were between 50 and 60 birds feeding and bathing.

Killdeer are in the lapwing family and a gathering of lapwings is called a deceit.

Charadrius vociferus

Killdeer get their name from the shrill, wailing kill-deer call they give so often. Eighteenth-century naturalists also noticed how noisy Killdeer are, giving them names such as the Chattering Plover and the Noisy Plover.

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