Roadrunner Animal Facts
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The Roadrunner ( Geococcyx californianus ) is native to the Southwestern desert and gained its name from its habit of running on the road towards cars. American Expedition is proud to present information , interesting facts , and photos of the Roadrunner.
Roadrunners don’t fly very often. They fly close to the ground when they are going down hill or sense that a predator is near, but they can only stay off the ground for a few seconds at a time.
A bird born to run, the Greater Roadrunner can outrace a human, kill a rattlesnake, and thrive in the harsh landscapes of the Desert Southwest. Roadrunners reach two feet from sturdy bill to white tail tip, with a bushy blue-black crest and mottled plumage that blends well with dusty shrubs. As they run, they hold their lean frames nearly parallel to the ground and rudder with their long tails. They have recently extended their range eastward into Missouri and Louisiana.