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Greater Roadrunner

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 1998

Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus), Death Valley, California

Roadrunners are quick enough to catch and eat rattlesnakes. Roadrunners prefer walking or running and attain speeds up to 17 mph. hour The Roadrunner reabsorbs water from its feces before excretion. The Roadrunner’s nasal gland eliminates excess salt, instead of using the urinary tract like most birds. The Roadrunner is the state bird of New Mexico. This male was on the lookout for females.


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