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Greater Roadrunner

Geococcyx californianus

The Greater Roadrunner is an iconic member of southwestern desert communities. When watching one of these birds on the hunt, one could imagine a resemblance to a miniature T-Rex on the prowl. Like most woodpeckers, these birds have a zygodactyl foot, with two toes facing forward and two backwards. They can fly, but spend most of their time on the ground. Running at speeds up to 20 mph, these are fast birds, though despite what the Warner Brothers cartoons would have us believe, is less than half the speed of a real coyote (43 mph).

Roadrunners are non-migratory in a range that extends from California to southern Missouri and south into central Mexico.

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