Greater Roadrunner

Greater Roadrunner

Geococcyx californianus

160325_Paul_Wild-32Roadrunners can be found speeding across western grasslands and deserts at up to 18 miles per hour. Although mainly ground dwellers, they can be seen perched on low branches or fence posts. They will hunt small mammals and birds, scorpions, insects, and reptiles – even rattlesnakes. Both males and females can be recognized by their long tail, X-shaped (zygodactylous) feet and crest of head feathers revealing colorful skin.

The Lindsay roadrunner was found as a fledgling in 2015 in southern California. She has severely impaired sight that would prevent her from surviving in the wild. Here at Lindsay Wildlife, she uses her beak to help navigate and keepers have trained her to take food from tweezers.