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Last Updated: May 23rd, 2010 - 21:01:09


State Bird of New Mexico
Sep 7, 2006, 16:30 PST

Greater Roadrunner
Geococcyx californianus

Identification Tips:

  • Length: 22 inches
  • Large, long-legged, long-tailed cuckoo
  • Spends much of its time on the ground
  • Long, thick, dark bill
  • Bushy crest
  • Dark head is extensively spotted
  • Blue patch of bare skin includes eye and is red at its rear margin in males(??)
  • Pale foreneck and upper breast with dark stripes
  • Dark back and upperwing has extensive pale edgings creating striped appearance
  • White bases to primaries show as a crescent on wing in flight
  • Pale belly
  • Long, dark tail with white tips to outer tail feathers

Similar species:


Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Source: USGS

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