March 2008 - Greater Roadrunner
 
Greater Roadrunner, Geococcyx californianus
Greater Roadrunner, Geococcyx californianus

The Greater Roadrunner is a desert dwelling member of the cuckoo family. As its name implies it prefers to run rather than fly and can get up to about 15 mph (24 km/h) in pursuit of prey such as insects, snakes, lizards, small birds and rodents. These solitary and very territorial birds are also monogamous.

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Greater Roadrunner, Geococcyx californianus
This is the state bird of New Mexico and you'll find it running across the great deserts of the southern U.S. Contrary to popular television myth, the roadrunner doesn't go "Beep, Beep!"
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