Wednesday, March 4, 2009

#6 Tufted Puffin vs. #11 Greater Roadrunner

Tufted Puffin

  • These birds nest in burrows that they dig into cliff edges and slopes. These burrows can be up to 5 feet deep.
  • Adult Tufted Puffins eat their catch while still underwater.
  • Adults also have the ability to hold up to 20 small fish in crosswise in their bills for transportation back to the nest.
  • Until the 1980s, tens of thousands of Tufted Puffins were killed by getting caught in fishing nets. Many are still killed by being caught in nets close to shore.
  • Tufted Puffins are the size of pigeons but they weight twice as much.

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Greater Roadrunner

  • Greater Roadrunners can reach speeds of up to 19 mph.
  • To warm up after cold desert nights, Roadrunners will turn its back to the sun and fluff up its feathers to expose the skin underneath. The skin is black in order to help the bird absorb more heat.
  • Greater Roadrunners eat many venomous prey items including rattlesnakes. Sometimes, two Roadrunners will team up to take down a large snake.
  • They are very opportunistic hunters and have been known to capture small birds at feeders and nest boxes.
  • Roadrunners have the ability to get by with little or no water as long as they are eating food with a high enough water content.

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1 comment:

DeniseinVA said...

Thanks for visiting my blog Rob. I have enjoyed popping in here. So much information available, first class photos and to someone who is pretty new at birding that is such a great help. You and Eric have a wonderful website also.