Roadrunners can be identified by their unique, distinctive features including their brown and white streaked feathers with a spiky head crest and long straight tails. A colorful patch of skin behind each eye can range in color from white to blue and red.
Although roadrunners are capable of flying short distances, these birds prefer to spend most of their time on the ground searching for a meal that can consist of insects, small reptiles, fruits and seeds. Roadrunners are also known to eat venomous desert species like spiders, scorpions and even rattlesnakes.
Quail Hill is open seven days a week from dawn to dusk for visitors to explore southern Irvine’s extensive trail network. Next time you visit Quail Hill, try spotting the roadrunners that have made the area their home, but keep your eyes peeled as these birds were born to run!
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