If any Kansas wildlife is thriving under this summer's extreme heat, it's greater roadrunners. The birds we have in Kansas are of the same species that thrive in the deserts of Arizona and Mexico.
Kansas' main roadrunner range is probably Clark, Comanche and Barber counties, where they do well in the open canyon country.
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They often prey on lizards, small snakes, insects and small birds.
Though they often live in some of the most remote areas of southern Kansas, roadrunners can be tolerant of humans. Many rural dwellers in that area report roadrunners frequenting their yards.
The bird's range may be expanding. They're occasionally seen in the Wichita area.