5 Interesting Facts About Greater Roadrunners

Greater Roadrunner

This is a greater roadrunner showing off his speed

Today I want to write about one of my favourite cartoon characters, the greater roadrunner.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These large cuckoos grow to about 62 cm long, of which half is their long tail.
  2. They can fly, but prefer to run around, catching a range of prey, including snakes (even rattlesnakes), lizards, insects, spiders, mice, small birds and scorpions.  After catching their prey, they bang their heads against the ground until they are dead.
  3. In real life, a coyote is able to beat a greater roadrunner in a footrace, but the roadrunner would be able to fly away if the coyote got too close.
  4. They are well-adjusted to living in dry areas and don’t need to drink water as they get their water from their prey.  They also have a gland near their nose to get rid of excess salt.
  5. Greater roadrunners are found in the deserts of south-western USA and northern Mexico where they are quite common.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about greater roadrunners?

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