Introducing: Bijou Birds

Killdeer chicks successfully hatch in Hoboken, NJ

Here’s a nice update for the Killdeer bird family over on the green roof of the old Hostess building uptown: All four eggs hatched!

Little Killdeer chicks running around, will fly soon!

The Killdeer Birds are they type that essentially come out of the egg “ready to walk.” And from what I understand, these little guys will be flying 7-10 days later as well!

Most of the time, these cute birds quickly leave home for good, and set up elsewhere, but it’s not uncommon that they also nest near where they’re born.

These rascals were hard to track down, and they were energetic and didn’t sit still – but I managed to get a few seconds where three of the four chicks were in the same area.

Hostess building in Hoboken home to rare Killdeer birds!


Besides lower energy costs – there are other benefits for the “green” rooftops that modern buildings have implemented.

Take the Bijou property along 14th Street between Park and Garden. Formerly the Hostess building, and now home to CVS, NYSC and a Chase Bank – this property is home to Hoboken’s very first “living roof.”

And this haven, safe from pedestrian and vehicular traffic was inviting enough for a very rare bird to decide to make a nest and lay some eggs!

The Killdeer is a very unique bird which wants to protect it’s young (or unborn) offspring – that it’s willing to place itself in harms way in order to get what they feel are potential predators away from the nest. The bird essentially “plays dead.”

It’s truly fantastic that something other than a common city bird (pigeon, sparrow, geese) can call Hoboken home. Check back to the Bijou Birds category here on Hoboken411 for future updates, videos – and maybe we can even see the new birds hatch soon!

Check out more about the Killdeer here:

Additionally – here’s a YouTube video of how the cute bird tries luring any threat away from the nest – and plays dead. Maybe “bird brains” are smarter than we think!

Good luck with the eggs, Mr. & Mrs. Killdeer!

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7 Comments on "Introducing: Bijou Birds"

3 years 4 months ago

What a cute bird! And brave too!

3 years 4 months ago

Any chance Bijou Properties can put a cam up there so we can see the birds? I have been watching several bird cams run by Cornell Its amazing to watch these birds every step of the way from nest building, laying eggs, raising young, to fledging the youngsters.

Just a couple of examples of these birds intelligence and courage: For the herons, during the surprise snowstorm the male bird sat on the 5 eggs for 9 hours straight to protect them from the snow (at the website there are pictures of him covered in snow – just his beak & top of head sticking out). At night there is an owl who has repeatedly attacked them, and got as far as actually knocking the parent bird off the fledglings and out of the nest. The following night, both parents were standing shoulder to shoulder with the babies nestled in between their feet to protect them. The 5th egg nicknamed “Fiver” is a week younger than the other babies. The parents make sure to put the food nearest to him so he has a chance to eat since he’s only half the siblings size. They give better care to their young than some people to their kids.

The eldest hawk baby (“eyas” as they’re called) may be ready to fledge within the next 5-7 days. As of today, they are 37, 36 and 34 days old. The parent hawks take extraordinary care of the eyas – it was very touching to see the mother bird with her wings outstretched, covering the babies with her body during a recent hailstorm. You could see the hail hitting her back and wings, but those babies were kept safe.

Hopefully Bijou can get a bird cam up so we can see the killdeer.

sassy lassie
3 years 3 months ago

Adorable. What a bunch of cuties. I can’t believe they are born already so self-sufficient- amazing!

3 years 3 months ago

a little bit boney else tastes just like chicken. 😉

3 years 3 months ago

They are so cute! Thanks for the footage of them. 8)