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The Wildlife of Wonderful West Virginia: Killdeer

These photos by Cynthia Staley feature some of the most beautiful creatures the Mountain State has to offer.

Killdeer in Water

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The killdeer

The killdeer is medium sized bird that sleeps and makes its nest on the ground. They have an interesting defense when they have eggs or young in the nest: they act like they have a broken wing and hobble away from their nests to protect their eggs or offspring. Killdeer make their nests in rocky ground,  which protects their eggs as they resemble tiny pebbles.