Discover the Beauty of New Mexico: Meet the State Bird


What is the State Bird of New Mexico?

New Mexico officially adopted its state bird, the Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus), on March 16th, 1949. The Greater Roadrunner is a medium-sized terrestrial cuckoo bird native to North America. It can be found in open and semi-open areas from southern Canada all the way down to northern Mexico.


The Greater Roadrunner typically stands at around 20 inches tall and has a wingspan of up to 24 inches. It features an impressive plumage of grey feathers with white spots or streaks along its neck and back. Its head is large compared to other birds in its size class, equipped with an orange bill and yellow-orange legs/feet. The combination of these colors gives off a striking visual that’s hard to miss when you encounter it out in nature!

Habitat & Behavior

As previously mentioned, the Greater Roadrunner can be found living in various habitats throughout North America – fields, deserts, grasslands, chaparral brushland; anywhere there are plenty of insects for them to feed on! Their diet consists mostly of small reptiles such as lizards and snakes as well as large insects like beetles & centipedes – they also have been known to eat plant material occasionally too! They are ground dwellers who move about using their long legs; running up speeds close 40 mph has earned them the name “Roadrunners” after all! They are monogamous creatures who mate for life once pairs form during courtship rituals which feature display flights by both the male & female roadrunners followed by singing duets between them afterwards!

Conservation Status

Fortunately for us humans – we don’t have much reason worry about our beloved state bird becoming extinct anytime soon thanks largely due do their adaptability across multiple environments as well as abundant populations currently being reported throughout most locations where they live. Though not listed under any special conservation status yet – various organizations such Arizona Game & Fish Department actively monitor roadrunner numbers through citizen science initiatives so that any potential threats facing these unique birds can be acted upon swiftly should something arise down line!