The greater roadrunner lives in dry scrubland areas in Northern Mexico and the South Western USA.
They eat small animals, including insects, scorpions, rodents and reptiles.
Their scientific name means Californian earth cuckoo, and although they are able to fly, they spend most of their time on the ground, clocking speeds of up to 32km per hour.
Roadrunners form monogamous pair bonds, and the male and female birds work together to build the nest.
Other than ACME rockets and persistent coyotes, the main threats to wild roadrunners are habitat loss and predation by domestic cats.
Although their numbers have declined in recent years in some areas, roadrunners are currently considered to be of least concern and doing well.
- Latin Name: Geococcyx californianus
- Class: Birds
- Order: Cuculiformes
- Family: Cuculidae
- Conservation status: Least Concern
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