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Geococcyx californianus

Weight: 8-24 oz.

Length: 20-24 inches"

Height: 10-12 inches

Maturity: 2-3 yrs.

Mating Season: Spring

Incubation: 18-20 days

No. of Eggs: 2-12

Birth Interval: 1 year

Lifespan: 7 to 8 years

Typical diet: insects, lizards, snakes,

Interesting Facts:

Roadrunners are quick enough to catch and eat rattlesnakes.

Roadrunners prefer walking or running and attain speeds up to 17 mph. hour

The Roadrunner is also called the Chaparral Cock.

The Roadrunner reabsorbs water from its feces before excretion.

The Roadrunnerís nasal gland eliminates excess salt, instead of using the
urinary tract like most birds.

The Roadrunner is the state bird of
New Mexico.

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