Greater Roadrunner Nest With Eggs and Young Photographs and Sound Recording
Photo by Greg Clark, May 8, 1999
Most Roadrunner nests are found in Cholla cactus, and thus, are nearly impossible to photograph from above so that the nest construction, shape and lining are visible. This nest was found in Mesquite approximately 1.5 meters above the ground and has four babies and one egg. Note that each individual baby is a different size, typical for Roadrunner young. Roadrunner nests are big, sometimes two feet (70 cm) in diameter, and usually somewhat oval-shaped. (Although the degree of oval shape varies). A used Roadrunner nest can be easily separated from the other birds that nest in the same habitats so it is a favorite of Atlasers. Frequently a used nest is found in a survey area but the bird remains undetected. The easiest way to find a Roadrunner is by sound. The sorrowful, decending song notes can be heard from hundreds of feet. The bird also makes a bill rattle that is very distinctive. Both of these can be heard on the sound recording.
The side view of the Roadrunner nest in a Mesquite tree.
Photo Greg Clark
A typical Roadrunner nest with young in a Cholla cactus. Note the parent is bringing a lizard for the babies. Lizards are a favorite food. One of the babies can be seen with a yellow "smile".
Photo Earle Robinson, May 1998
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Copyright Greg Clark, 1999