killdee definition

  • noun:
    • alternate type of killdeer.
    • A small American plover (Charadrius vociferus, formerly Ægialitis vocifera) of inland waters and fields having a distinctive cry. The adult has two black bands around the neck and upper breast, but the young chick has only the breast band. It ranges from Canada to Mexico and the West Indies.
    • the greatest and commonest ring-plover of united states, Ægialites vociferus: so called in imitation of the shrill two-syllabled note.

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