Sadly it's not my photo but shots my husband took. I didn't see the roadruner when her was here. We don't have as many as there use to be around here. I see them only once in a while. It's funny to hear them cry they sound like a donkey that's sick...
Sorry I didn't get his age so I can't say if he is an adult.
They are realy snoopy little birds.
It's an adult. :) It's funny how much 'fluff' birds are. ;-) I'm so used to judging how "big" a bird is by its body mass; I don't consider tails and such when comparing. Interestingly, in the hand, a roadrunner's body isn't too much bigger than a male great-tailed grackle's body--and roughly the same size of the female black-billed magpie I had.
Great photos, Mickey! We sometimes have a roadrunner, but I would say he's much bigger than your lovely critter. I would have guessed that yours was a baby, as the one I usually see here would be about twice his size. But Magpied knows birds waaaaay better than me. I've never been able to get a photo of the roadrunner (yet...)!
So they really do exist and not just a figment of Saturday morning childhoods growing up. How special. : ) Great that you shared them. A really stuip remark hre , but so they go beep-beep? LOL What do they sound like?
No, they don't have a vocalization that sounds like 'beep-beep'. They can make a 'clicking' sound--and a 'purring' type, too. (I don't have sound on my computer so I'm not visiting the link posted above.)
Great photos MickeyAz. I love these guys. We live in far east Texas and I see more here than the years we lived in Az. We had one that lived in our drive for a few summers. We wondered if it was nesting but never saw offspring. Locals say these birds consider snakes a delicacy. I will gladly encourage the road runner to hang out at my house. And, have never heard them before, thanks JoanJ.
My roadrunner is standing next to a 10" pot. I just measured it. I have never heard any beep beep but when they call for a mate it sounds like a sick donkey, you whould never think it was from a roadrunner.
If they know you are watching them, they try and hide. They're very funny.
We've had them hang around the house before and he would always swoop down for the rood or a tree with something in his mouth, like a lizzard or a smake. They eat all kind of baby birds and quail too.
Road Runners are very curious birds. They can be hand feed with hamburger meat.I have no idea how you do it. I have had them looking into the sliding glass door.
Some people don't like them because they eat baby birds,lizzards and of course no one cares that they eat snakes. My neighbor has one that hangs around her place. She has a barn and he's always checking stuff out. I think they all have their own territory.