Greater roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)
The greater roadrunner is a long-legged bird in the cuckoo family, Cuculidae, from Southwestern United States and 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. Greater roadrunners measure 61 cm in length, about half of which is tail. They have long legs and a slender, pointed bill. This bird walks around rapidly, running down prey. It feeds mainly on small animals including insects, spiders (including black widows), tarantulas, scorpions, mice, small birds and especially lizards and small snakes. It kills prey by holding the victim in its bill and slamming it repeatedly against the ground.
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