Alphabet Challenge :: R :: Roadrunner

Pitiful Posting and the Alphabet Challenge

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English: A Greater Roadrunner at the Visitor C...

English: A Greater Roadrunner at the Visitor Center, Death Valley National Park, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

– Scientific Classification –

The roadrunner, also known as a chaparral bird or chaparral cock, is a speedy little bird that can be found in southwestern US and Mexico. The genus Geococcyx has 2 species, the Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx caliornianus) and the Lesser Roadrunner (Geococcyx velox). Like other members of the cuckoo family, they have zygodactyl feet (two toes in front, two in back). While roadrunners can fly,

via WIkipedia

they prefer sprinting (up to 20 mph) but will fly to escape predators. Roadrunners have a “coo” call, like a dove, as well as a chattering call. Despite living in such an arid climate, roadrunners are non-migratory birds. Roadrunners are opportunistic omnivores, but the Lesser Roadrunner eats mainly insects. Because of their speed, they are one of few animals that will take on a rattlesnake as prey.

Roadrunner vs. Rattlesnake

As you can see in the video, they have a knack for smashing prey on the ground. The tarantula hawk wasp‘s only real predator is a member of Geococcyx. In the desert climate, roadrunners enter a slight torpor at night and sun themselves in the morning by exposing dark skin patches. These birds either live in solitary or in pairs. They form monogamous pairs that may mate for life. This pairing is more than likely to support the bi-parental care of the 2-6 egg clutch. The eggs hatch asynchronously meaning the chicks that come out first probably have the best chance of survival. One or two weeks after hatching, one parents is always at the nest. When the chicks are 2-3 weeks old, they leave the nest but still forage with their parents for a few days.

And just because I have to…

Pitiful Posting and the Alphabet Challenge

One of the great things about WordPress is the little calendar that shows you the days on which you’ve posted. One of the bad things about it is looking at that same calendar and seeing how sad and empty it looks. -_- To get myself back into the swing of posting, I’ve decided to start an Alphabet challenge. Hopefully I can kick-start myself into a blogging groove again with this. Below I’ll list each day, the letter, and as I pick my topic, I’ll come back here and add it. The one day that I probably won’t post on is June 8th. Blasted GRE. If I absolutely cannot find an animal or drug or something that follows the days letter, I’ll get creative.

June 4 – A – Antibodies

June 5 – B – Belgian Malinois

June 6 – C – Coral

June 7 – D – Dopamine

June 8 – GRE

June 11 – E – Elephant Shrew

June 12 – F – Flatworm Penis Fencing

June 13 – G – Grief

June 14 – Personal day

June 15 – H – Heart

June 18 – I – Indecisiveness

June 19 – J – Jerboa

June 20 – K – Kori Bustard

June 22 – L – Lyme disease

June 22 – M – Myopia and a Manatee

June 25 – N – Nervous System

June 26 – O – Olm

June 27 – P – Penguin Pics

June 28 – Q – Quoll

June 29 – R – Roadrunner

July 2 – S – Surinam Toad

**3 DAY HIATUS**

July 6 – T – Two-toed Sloth

July 9 – U – Ural Owl

July 10 – V – Vaquita

July 11 – W – Wolverine

July 12 – X – Xoloitzcuintli

July 13 – Y – Yosemite Toad

July 16 – Z – Zany Life