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New Mexico State Bird:

Roadrunner - click to see all state birds
Greater roadrunner - photo by Mark A. Wilson on Wikipedia
(public domain image). See All state birds - National Bird.

Greater Roadrunner

See roadrunner video below

The roadrunner was designated the official state bird of New Mexico in 1949. Also called the chaparral bird, the roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) inhabits desert and shrubby country in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.

Although a roadrunner is capable of flight, it spends most of the time on the ground, running at speeds of 15 miles per hour (or more) to catch its prey (insects, small reptiles, rodents, tarantulas, scorpions and small birds). The Hopi and Pueblo Indian tribes believed that the roadrunner provided protection against evil spirits.

Greater Roadrunner - click to see all state birds
Greater Roadrunner photo © James Kirkpatrick / CritterZone Animal -
Wildlife - Nature Stock Photography
(used by permission - contact CritterZone for commercial application license or any use).
See All state birds - National Bird.

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