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Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)

Scientific Classification

Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Aves
Order : Cuculiformes
Family : Cuculidae
Genus : Geococcyx
Binomial name : Geococcyx californianus

Roadrunner is long legged bird that belongs to the cuckoo family and belongs to the genus Geococcyx. The road runner is also known as chaparral cock.

The roadrunner measures about 56 centimeters and weighs about 300 grams. Roadrunner is the largest North American cuckoo. They have a bushy crest, long dark bill, long dark tail and the dark head which is black in color. The front part of the neck and the belly is blue in color. On each foot they have four toes of which two faces forward and the rest facing backward.

The habitat of the roadrunner is the desert and the shrubby countries in the southwestern United States and north Mexico. And it can also be seen in United States of California, Utah, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and in Oklahoma.

The bird has the ability to walk rapidly and they feed on insects, small reptiles, birds, scorpions, rodents, tarantulas, fruits and seeds.


Weird-Looking parakeet - Whipper

Scientific Classification

Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Aves
Order : Psittaciformes
Family : Psittacidae
Genus : Melopsittacus
Binomial name : Melopsittacus undulates

Whipper is a Budgerigar that lives in Winton in the southland district of New Zealand. It has an unusual appearance with long curly plumage and vocalization.

When the whipper was placed with his mother it was been rejected then its owner took a personal care of the bird. The separation from its own species made change in its unique vocal sounds. And later when it was reintroduced into other budgerigars it has normal calls.

Vet doctor of Whippers said that whipper is a mutant. The unique thing about whipper is its long curly hairs, flightless short wings and blindness.


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