Greater Roadrunner

(Geococcyx californianus)

FUN FACT

Roadrunners can eat poisonous prey, including venomous lizards, scorpions, and tarantulas. Working as a team, two Roadrunners can even kill prey as large and dangerous as a rattlesnake!

Distribution

Southwestern U.S. and Mexico

Habitat

deserts, dry scrublands, and arid grasslands

Diet

Insects, reptiles, small birds, and small mammals

Breeding

Nest is an open bulky platform of sticks, lined with leaves, snakeskins, dung and other debris, 3-12 feet up in bush, low tree, or cactus; sometimes on the ledge or post of a building. Clutch size is 2–6 eggs; incubation 17–18 days; fledging 17–19 days

Status

Not Under Threat (Least Concern)

At the Aviary

The Roadrunner lives in the Cloud Forest habitat