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This is a roadrunner. During the day, roadrunners hide in the bushes to keep cool.
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Desert Birds

Did you know that many species of birds live in the desert? You have probably heard of the roadrunner or seen the cartoon. The roadrunner is a real bird that lives in the desert! It prefers to run rather than fly!

Some birds live inside the giant saguaro cactus. They make a hole inside to keep cool.

The sandgrouse is very different. It has special feathers that soak up water! It carries the water to the babies in the nest.

Last modified September 8, 2000 by Jennifer Bergman.

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