This strange and noisy display was observed at Sunset Bay on White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas.

These four Killdeer, mixed in as they were with American Coots and other waterfowl, were engaged in what looked to be an intense standoff. At times one of the birds would break off from the other four, and lead the three remaining Killdeer on a merry chase. Other times a pair of Killdeer would come to blows and engage each other physically. Feathers would fly.

Certainly this was mating behavior of some kind. Hopefully an expert will chime in with a well informed opinion about what was happening here.

Killdeer - Confrontation
Killdeer - Confrontation
Killdeer - Confrontation

Observation Details

CountyDallas
Center map
Get Directions
CityDallas
DateApr 28, 2013
Time of DayMorning
TemperatureCool (50-69°F/10-21°C)
WeatherCloudy
HabitatRecreation-Park
Type of BehaviorMating
GenderMale
MaturityAdult
ObserverChris Jackson