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Greater Roadrunner
(Geococcyx californianus)
© Photographer: Laurie L. Snidow
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Cuculiformes
Family: Cuculidae
Genus: Geococcyx
Species: californianus
IUCN Status:
Least Concern
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    The Greater Roadrunner is found in the deserts and and
    sparsely wooded and grassy areas of the Southwestern
    United States from Arkansas to California, and can also
    be found in parts of Mexico.


    Greater Roadrunners will eat insects, lizards, spiders,
    snakes, fruits, seeds and sometimes rodents.  


    The habitat of the Roadrunner is usually a nest placed a
    few feet above ground in a bush, tree or cactus.  Both the
    male and female will build the nest and it may be built
    from sticks, leaves and other materials.


    Approximate weight of a Roadrunner:
    Average weight is approximately 8 - 15 oz.
    Approximate size of a Roadrunner:.
    Length is approximately 18 - 22 inches from the tip of the
    beak to the tip of the tail.


    The female Roadrunner lays approximately 2 -5 eggs per
    clutch and may have one or two clutches per year
    depending on the species.  Both parents will incubate the
    eggs until they hatch.