Skip to main content

Killdeer Identification

Looking for ID Help?

Our free app offers quick ID help with global coverage.

Try Merlin Bird ID

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Killdeer have the characteristic large, round head, large eye, and short bill of all plovers. They are especially slender and lanky, with a long, pointed tail and long wings.

    Relative Size

    Similar in size to American Robin, but with longer legs and wings.

    Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 7.9-11.0 in (20-28 cm)
      • Weight: 2.6-4.5 oz (75-128 g)
      • Wingspan: 18.1-18.9 in (46-48 cm)