Greater Roadrunner

Geococcyx californianus

Classification for the Greater Roadrunner

  • Domain Eukarya: All of them contain a nucleus, and they can be single-celled or Multicellular.
  • Kingdom Animailia: All animals from kingdom Animailia also called Metazoa, Aniof cells are organized into tissues, each tissue to some degree has a specific functionalism witch are Multicellular.
  • Phylum Choradata: Chlorate It has Bilateral Symmetry, It has three germ layers and a really good coelom, And its whole Digestive System is complete.
  • Sub-phylum Vertebrata: Vertebrates ventral heart with 2-4 chambers, digestive system with large digestive glands, liver, and pancreas, paired kidneys with ducts to drain waste to exterior.
  • Class Aves: Birds they are Vertebrates with feathers, All birds are related in some way, they have a very strong skeletons that holds up.
  • Order Cuculifformes: cuckoos and relatives.
  • family cuculidae: Cuckoons, roadrunners, and relatives.
  • Genus Geococcyx: Roadrunners
  • Species: Geococcyx californianus, the Greater Roadrunner.

General Description

  • Height: The height is between 25 and 30 cm
  • Length: It can be up to 50 and 62 cm
  • Weight: It can weigh up to 227 or 341g
  • Colors: The greater roadrunner is a dark brown and streaked with white but the breast is mostly white the beaks are blueish.
  • Natural Range: There more southwestern united states but they can also occur in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, ans Arkansas. And southern Mexico.
  • Diet: They eat large insects ranging from Spiders(tarantulas), centipedes, snakes, and mice. They have also been known for eating rattlesnakes but its very rare. they can also eat other birds sometimes humming birds, adult sparrows.
  • Habitat: The roadrunner prefers deserts or long grassy areas so they don't really like rain because deserts rarely ever rain.
  • Predators: Some predictors for the roadrunner are Hawks, house cats, skunks, coyotes, and raccoons.

Physical Adaptations

With physical the way they run so fast it helps them catch food because a lot of there prey probable isn't as fast as the roadrunner but some might be.The roadrunner has a white stripe and a patch of blue and orange skin behind its eyes i think it helps deflect sun from the eyes so they know were there going.The roadrunner has a long tail that can help the bird with its flight but only when needed.The roadrunner has long legs that help it run very fast.The tail is for steering breaking and balancing. On cooler days they position there black feathers so they can absorb the sun light.

Behavioral Adaptations

Sometimes when the roadrunner is looking for all of its food it will follow a dear this is behavioral because the only reason the roadrunner follows the dear is so they can pick up any of the insects that the dear disturbs or leaves behind when its walking.Other desert adaptations include hypothermia at night to keep all there energy, water conservation when water is low, and a salt-secreting nasal gland.The roadrunner male finds his territory during mating season to find his mate and so this would be a behavioral Adaptation.The roadrunner likes to catch snakes because they like the same reputation as the snake killers like the mongooses so this would be behavioral.The male during breeding season offers the female food but dose not give it to her immediately he flicks his tail and pattens his feet he dose this until the female excepts his offer then he gives the female the food he found for her.

Fun Facts

  • The life span is 7 to 8 years in wild life 45 months
  • The roadrunner can run up to 17 miles per hour
  • Roadrunners can fly but they only fly when absolutely necessary.
  • Roadrunners are very curious they wont hesitate to approach a human near buy.

References
Facts and information on all kinds of different animals.
http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Geococcyx_californianus/

Cavendish, M. (n.d.). Roadrunner. In Wildlife encyclopedia (Vol. 16). New York


http://www.bbc.co.uk/search?q=roadrunners other facts and references