Hear the Roadrunner

Roadrunner

The roadrunner received its name because it would rather run than fly.  Its feet are specially adapted to asphalt, which makes running on the road more efficient and desirable for the roadrunner.

The roadrunner’s diet consists mainly of small reptiles, but they are known to eat rattlesnakes and tiny, baby quails.  Once a roadrunner has made its kill, it will often beat it against on a rock until it is flat.  This is done to establish its dominance and to compensate for its shortcomings.

Roadrunner Facts

  • Scientific Name: Geococcyx californianus
  • Size: 20-24 inches
  • Diet: Lizards