The Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) is most common in desert areas, but it can also be found in chaparral, grasslands, open woodlands and agricultural areas. It is a poor flyer but can run at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour. It uses its long tail as a type of rudder to help it keep its balance while running. Our Roadrunner came to us for our SuperWild exhibit, which celebrates animal super powers.
He’ll be staying with us after SuperWild ends (September 7) and can be found next to our Burrowing Owls on Raptor Row (which features native birds that cannot survive in the wild on their own). He recently slowed down enough for us to snap a few photos of him, which you can see above and below — and his unique eating habits might be the focus of an upcoming talk, feeding event or VIP Animal Encounter. We’ll keep you posted!