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Road-Runner bird pictures


Road-Runner bird picturesROAD-RUNNER
385. Geococcyx californianus. 23 inches

In the southwestern portions of the United States, from Texas and Kansas west to the Pacific, these curious birds are commonly found. They are locally known as "Ground Cuckoos," "Snake-killers," "Chaparral Cocks."

They are very fond of lizards and small snakes, which form a large part of their fare. They are very fleet runners, but fly only indifferently well. Their four to ten white eggs are laid on frail nests of twigs, in bushes.