Length: 9 - 11"
Habitat: Open habitat with some short grass - such as pastures, meadows, plowed fields, golf courses, lawns; shorelines, mudflats, coastal estuaries.
Diet: Mostly insects such as grasshoppers, beetles, and caterpillars; spiders, earthworms, centipedes, crayfish, some weed seeds.
All other plovers lack the two black breastbands. Very young Killdeer have a single breastband and could be confused with Piping, Wilson's, Snowy or Semipalmated Plovers, but are usually still downy, have black bills (any Piping or Semipalmated Plover having a breastband will also have an orange bill with a black tip), and are colored above like the adult (eliminating the paler Piping and Snowy).
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
(Image credit: USGS)
Range in New England
The Killdeer is found breeding throughout New England. This bird is said to winter in coastal areas of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. However, eBird data (below) also shows winter sightings along the coasts of New Hampshire and southern Maine, as well as locally further inland.
Winter Map from eBird
Sightings of the Killdeer from Dec-Jan over past 10 years (2009-2019)
Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS