Announcing Three Roadrunner Chicks! – Phoenix Zoo

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Announcing Three Roadrunner Chicks! – Phoenix Zoo

We’re excited to share that three roadrunner chicks hatched at the Zoo!

They hatched on June 21, July 2 and July 5 to an important recommended Greater Roadrunner Species Survival Plan (SSP) breeding pair.

Born to run, the greater roadrunner can outrun a human, kill a rattlesnake and thrive in the harsh landscapes of the desert southwest.

They have evolved a range of adaptations to deal with the extremes of desert living. These birds secrete a solution of highly concentrated salt through a gland just in front of each eye, which uses less water than excreting it through their kidneys or urinary tract.

Their diet is made of moisture-rich prey including mammals and reptiles. And, both chicks and adults flutter the un-feathered area beneath their chin to dissipate heat.

We’re excited to help the greater roadrunner population grow. And, you can watch the chicks grow here at the Zoo in the Arizona Aviary!

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