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Critter of the Month


Critter of the Month - SEPTEMBER

KILLDEER

Killdeers are the most widespread and familar shorebird in Tennessee because of their ability to take advantage of the human altered landscape. They can be seen on gravel roads, athletic fields, lawns as well as mudflats near water. They are easily identified by the two dark bands on their chest and the 'kill-deer' call they give even in flight after dark.

The killdeer is a medium-sized shorebird who is about 10 inches in length with a wingspan of 2 feet. Their diet consists of terrestrial invertebrates, most especially earthworms, grasshoppers, beetles and snails.

With one of the longest breeding seasons in Tennessee killdeer parents both incubate their 3 to 5 egg clutches. The nest is a mere 'scrape' in the ground which is made by the male. Once hatched the young leave the nest within hours and are tended by both adults for up to 40 days.



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