The Roadrunner

Geococcyx californianus

Roadrunners classification

Domain Eukarya: This domain contains animals who are multicellular and can move at a different point of time.

Kingdom Animalia: All animals are part of the Kingdom Animalia, also called Metazoa. All members are multicellular, and all are also heterotrophs.

Phylum Chordata:

Bilateral symmetry

Segmented body, including segmented muscles

Sub Phylum Vertebrata: This domain includes animals that have a back bone.

Class Aves: Horny beak, no teeth

big muscular stomach

Order Cuculiformes: Cuckoos and relatives

Family Cuculidae: Cuckoos, roadrunners, and relatives

Genus Geococcyx: roadrunners

General Description

Communication and Perception: Roadrunners have a very strong of vocal muscles. They clicking noises that they make are used for mating calls.

Food habits: The roadrunner eats large insects such as scorpions, tarantula, centipedes, lizards, snakes, and mice.

Habitat:The roadrunner likes to live in Big deserts and other regions with a mix of scattered brush for cover and open grassy lands. They are likely to be found in grasslands.

Life Span: Roadrunner don't have a long life span. They only live for 7-8 years but living with wild and dangerous predators they can only live for 45 months.

Roadrunners Range: The Roadrunner is mostly found in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas.

Roadrunners Mass:

The roadrunners mass is 227 - 341 g

Wingspan and length: The roadrunners wingspan is 43 - 63 cm. Its length is 50 - 62 cm

Behavior adaptaions

The roadrunner can only run 17 mph and when he or she is intimidated it will try to fly away if it is necessary. But they can only stay in the air a minimum of 2-3 seconds. The Roadrunner is very friendly to humans. It will approach humans very calmly and will not hesitate. The roadrunner is also known for sunbathing. They will lay on their back with their Black feathers underneath their body. This produces body heat to prevent them from freezing to death.

Phisical Adaptation

The body color of the roadrunner is dark brown with a bold white streak at the top. Its eyes are very bright yellow. And under its eyes its a bold red and blue streak. Its tail is used for steering itself when running away and stopping if an object or some sort is near like a predator. The roadrunners beak and legs are blue. Also him or her only has four toes, with two toes in the front and two in the back. This helps the road runner balance and move quickly.