New Roadrunner

By Brenda Gonzalez, Membership Coordinator

Many people associate Roadrunners with the famous tall, blue cartoon character that is always running from a coyote. Now you can see what a real Roadrunner looks like at the Sacramento Zoo!

The new male Roadrunner is much smaller than the bird depicted in cartoons. Roadrunners are native to the American Southwest, average 7-12 inches in height and are brown and white with piercing bright yellow eyes and a stiff long tail. Roadrunners are well named; they are weak flyers, often relying upon their strong, scaly legs to carry them away from danger and toward food.

The Roadrunner will be temporarily housed next to the White-faced Owl exhibit before moving to his permanent home with the Thick-billed Parrots. Be sure to stop by and check him out on your next visit!

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