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    Killdeer Identification

    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.

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      Measurements
      • 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)