Roadrunner gets blackbelt for catching rattlesnakes

Roadrunners belongs to the Cuckoo (Cuculidae) family can fly fpr only a few minutes at a time so it runs at  speeds up to 17 mph per hour.
It is well adapted for desert life and can reuse the water it takes in and does not eliminate it like other birds The roadrunner eats insects, lizards and snakes. Because of its lightening quickness, the Roadrunner is one of the few animals that preys upon rattlesnakes. Using its wings like a matador’s cape, it snaps up a coiled rattlesnake by the tail, cracks it like a whip and repeatedly slams its head against the ground till dead.
It then swallows its prey whole, but is often unable to swallow the entire length at one time. This does not stop the Roadrunner from its normal routine. It will continue to meander about with the snake dangling from its mouth, consuming another inch or two as the snake slowly digests. This beautiful bird wears its black-and-white, mottled ground bird with a distinctive head crest as the perfect camouflage. It has strong feet, a long, white-tipped tail and an oversized bill. eeet with 2 forward toes and 2 behind.

The Roadrunner is the state bird of New Mexico.

text excerpts: http://www.desertusa.com/road.html

Find your state bird:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._state_birds

image courtesy of wikipedia.com
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/98/Roadrunneraz.jpg

coloring book downloads of birds: http://www.friendsacrossamerica.com/colorpagesamerica.html

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