Greater Roadrunner

Other Names:

Chaparral cock, ground cuckoo, and snake killer.

Range:

They breed in desert and shrubby country in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Species is found in the US states in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, and rarely in Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri.  Also found in the Mexican states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora, Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Durango, Jalisco, Coahuila, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Michoacán, Querétaro, México, Puebla, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, and San Luis Potosí

Description:

Height is 52 -62 cm. Wingspan of 43- 63 cm. Has a bushy crest and long, thick, dark bill. It has a long, dark tail, a dark head and back. Has a blue front on their neck and on their belly.  Has four toes on each foot; two face forward, and two face backward.

It is the state bird of New Mexico.

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Greater Roadrunner

Greater Roadrunner

Bill Shape
all-purpose
Eats
suet
Regions
arizona
arkansas
baja california
california
colorado
kansas
louisiana
mexico
missouri
nevada
new mexico
oklahoma
texas
utah
Tail Shape
rounded-tail
long tailed
Wing Shape
rounded-wings
Action
flying
perching
Behavior
flocks
soaring
Markings
plain
Sounds
buzzing
Location
high flying
ground dwelling
high perching
north in summer
south in summer
south in winter
Habitat
agricultural
chaparral
mesquitebosque
savanna
shrubs
fields
Deserts
Forests
Urban
Grasslands
Color
buff
black
brown
red
Body Shape
upland-ground
Size
large
Order
cuckoos, anis, roadrunners, turacos and their relatives - cuculiformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species