road runner bird


road runner bird:

"Road Runner"

road runner bird

Scientific Name: Geococcyx 

Wing span: Up to 60cm

Length up to 61 cm

Weight up to 430 g

roadrunner bird facts

  • Also known as Chaparral birds or Chaparral crocks , Roadrunners are species of fast running ground cuckoos with long tails and crests and have zygodactyl feet that are usually found in the desert. The Roadrunner is the state bird of New Mexico
  • With speed reaching up to 20 miles per hour ( 32 km/h) they are one of the few animals that preys upon rattlesnakes and it is also the only real predator of Tarantula Hawk Wasps . Although they generally prefer sprinting to flying they will fly to escape when faces with predators 
  • In Mexican Indian and American Indian tribes such as the Pima it was considered good luck to see a Roadrunner . According to some beliefs the bird was considered sacred and nevere killed , but most Mexican Indians used the meat of the Roadrunner as a  folk remedy to cure illness or to broost stamina and strength.
  • The Hopi and other Pueblo tribes believed that roadrunners were medicine birds and could protect against evil spirits
  • Their unusual X-shaped foot prints are used as sacred symbols to ward off evil in many Pueblo tribes , partially because they invoke the protective power of the roadrunners themselves and partially because the X-shaped of the tracks conceals  which direction the bird is headed ( thus 

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