Carved Killdeer

MO 63.4854.1a

Medium: Wood, pigment, putty, metal

Dimensions: Overall: 8 x 8 x 8 in. (20.3 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm)

Hand-carved and painted killdeer bird leaning forward on a driftwood base with beak open. The Killdeer has a grayish brown back, white underparts and two characteristic bands of black across its neck and chest.  This type of bird is indigenous to shorelines, and was often seen by the President on Cape Cod.

Jacqueline Kennedy commissioned a Cape Cod woodcarver to create this shorebird as a gift for her husband. President Kennedy displayed a set of them in the Oval Office.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum