Killdeer, Grasp of Distraction | BirdNote



Killdeer, Grasp of Distraction

Tailored from a script by Frances Wooden

That is BirdNote.

[Killdeer calling, a variety of vocalizations]

That’s a Killdeer, one of the crucial widespread and generally seen shorebirds in North America. It’s a good-looking hen with a brown again and a particular pair of black bands throughout its white breast. You possibly can in all probability hear why this hen has been nicknamed the “Chattering Plover”.

[Repeat Killdeer calls]

However Killdeer aren’t strictly shorebirds. In reality, they are often discovered a great distance from water. You may spot one nesting on the shoulder of a street, on a golf course, and even on a development website.

[Repeat Killdeer calls.]

Since Killdeer don’t all the time choose the most secure locations to put their eggs, they’ve developed a intelligent method to shield their younger. They use the artwork of distraction. When it spots a predator shut by, the Kildeer mum or dad will faux it has a damaged wing – calling loudly and limping alongside because it stretches out one wing and followers its tail.

The predator, pondering it’s spied a straightforward meal, zeroes in on the mum or dad… and leaves the nest alone.

[Alarm call used during the broken-wing act]

And this system appears to work! One scientist noticed that the broken-wing act distracted potential predators greater than 99 p.c of the time.

[More Killdeer alarm – the trill]

For BirdNote, I’m Mary McCann.


Producer: John Kessler
Managing Producer: Jason Saul
Editor: Ashley Ahearn
Affiliate Producer: Ellen Blackstone
Assistant Producer: Mark Bramhill
Narrator: Mary McCann
Calls of the Killdeer offered by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Recorded by G.A. Keller.
BirdNote’s theme composed and performed by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
© 2019 BirdNote   July 2019 / June 2022
ID# 070505KILLKPLU    KILL-01c


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