Greater Roadrunner

Genus: Geococcyx
Species: californianus

Greater Roadrunner

Description:Greater roadrunners are about 2 feet tall with long, thin legs. They have mottled brown and tan feathers. The tail is long and sticks out to help the roadrunner balance when standing and running. 

Roadrunners have a crest at the top of the head that can puff up when the bird is trying to communicate with other roadrunners.

With speeds upwards of 25 miles per hour, roadrunners definitely earn their name!  They are quick on the ground without loosing their ability to fly.  Roadrunners will fly short distances to perch on branches, posts and rocks. 

Roadrunners call with a series of "coo" sounds.

Greater roadrunners eat a wide variety of food including rodents, reptiles, and insects. Due to the harsh environment of the Southwest, roadrunners will eat whatever is available.  Predators of roadrunners are raccoons, hawks and of course, coyotes!

Range: Look for greater roadrunners year-round in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, and southern California. They can be seen in deserts, brush and grasslands on the ground or sitting on low perches, such as fences.

  • Fun Fact
    Roadrunners like to sunbathe. They will ruffle their back feathers to allow for sunlight to warm the skin below.

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