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SignatureSome Pueblo tribes believed the roadrunners were medicine birds that could protect against evil spirits. The X-shaped footprints are used as sacred symbols to ward off evil--partially because they invoke the protective power of the roadrunners themselves and partially because the X shape of the tracks conceals which direction the bird is headed. (thus throwing malignant spirits off-track).
Roadrunners are thought to be monogamous and are one of the very few animals quick enough to prey upon rattlesnakes.