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Greater Roadrunner By Alan Murphy - the other thing the cartoon didn't teach me is when a Roadrunner catches its live prey, it beats the snot out of it against a rock or the ground itself to subdue it if not out right kill it!

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The Roadrunner. Immortalized by the cartoon. I thought they were a figment of the imagination, until, driving down from Mt Palomar, I saw a roadrunner, run across the road.

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Greater Roadrunner. Photo by Stan Celestian.

Dan Tallman's Bird Blog: Greater Roadrunner

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Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) - photo by John Syphrit

GREATER ROADRUNNER is a long-legged bird in the cuckoo family. The breeding habitat is desert and shrubby country in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. It can be seen regularly in the US states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, and less frequently in Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri, as well as Mexico. The greater roadrunner nests on a platform of sticks low in a cactus or a bush and lays 3–6 eggs, which hatch in 20 days.

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