Monday, July 28, 2014

Greater Roadrunner

When we searched for Hook-billed Kites along the Mission Nature Park and Bike Trail on 23 February, we did not see the raptor, but did watch a Greater Roadrunner hunt along the trail. Roadrunners are curious, terrestrial cuckoos. They feed on “snakes, lizards, spiders, scorpions, insects, birds, rodents, and bats” and, in times of food shortages, its own young (Hughes 2011). Roadrunners are monogamous and maintain long-term pair bonds. Both sexes incubate their eggs and feed their young. Roadrunners have been increasing in numbers and moving north and east from their traditional southwestern range, which includes Texas and Louisiana.

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