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About the Greater Roadrunner

Also known as: Chaparral Cock

The Greater Roadrunner is a long-legged bird and the largest North American cuckoo. It has a bushy crest and a long dark tail. Its breeding habitat is desert and shrubby country in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Although capable of flight, it spends most of its time on the ground where it can run at speeds of 20 miles per hour!

The Greater Roadrunner is the state bird of New Mexico and is well known as the basis for the character in the Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoons.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 19 July 2009
Scientific Name Geococcyx californianus
  • Cuculiformes
  • Cuculidae
  • Geococcyx
  • G. californianus
Birdorable Family Cuckoos & Cohorts
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 March 2017)
Measurements
Units: Imperial Metric
22 inches
10.5 ounces
Range North America Central America United States (West)

International Names

  • Kukačka Kohoutí (Czech)
  • Stor Jordgøg (Danish)
  • Roadrunner (Dutch)
  • Kalifornianjuoksukäki (Finnish)
  • Grand Géocoucou (French)
  • Wegekuckuck (German)
  • Corridore della Strada (Italian)
  • オオミチバシリ (Oomichibashiri) (Japanese)
  • Storløpegjøk (Norwegian)
  • Kukawka Kalifornijska (Polish)
  • Земляная кукушка (Russian)
  • Correcaminos Grande (Spanish)
  • Större Tuppgök (Swedish)

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