Killdeer
Charadrius vociferus 
(L 10.5" WS 24" Wt3.3 oz) 
Often uses the “broken wing” act to
trick predators away from their nests.
What is it about a little bundle of
feathers, with beak on one end
and sticks for legs on the other,
that makes us at once peaceful
with the world?
(Patrick Merrell)
Horicon Marsh St
Wildlife Area
Horicon, WI
25-6May2007
Above, faking a broken
wing to lead predator
away from nest.