Greater Roadrunner

Geococcyx californianus

Order

CUCULIFORMES

Family

Cuckoos, Roadrunners and Anis (Cuculidae)

Code 4

GRRO

Code 6

GEOCAL

ITIS

HEAD

Greater Roadrunner Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: All-purpose
  • Eye Color: Black upon hatching, becoming dark grayish brown; Brown or gray-brown in adults, with straw-yellow ring near pupil.
  • Head pattern: Crested or plumed, Streaked, Eyering, Spotted, Unique pattern
  • Crown Color: Brown, white and buff streaked.
  • Forehead Color: Brown, white and buff streaked.
  • Nape Color: Brown, white and buff streaked.
  • Throat Color: Brown, white and buff streaked.
  • Cere color: No Data

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BODY

Greater Roadrunner Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 51-61 cm (20-24 in)
  • Weight: 374 g (13.2 oz)
  • Size: Large (16 - 32 in)
  • Color Primary: Brown, Buff
  • Underparts: Buff
  • Upperparts: Brown, white and buff streaked.
  • Back Pattern: Striped or streaked
  • Belly Pattern: Striped or streaked
  • Breast Pattern: Striped or streaked

FLIGHT

Greater Roadrunner Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Alternates several shallow rapid wing beats with long glides.
  • Wingspan Range: 81 cm (32 in)
  • Wing Shape: Rounded-Wings
  • Tail shape: Rounded Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Streaked
  • Upper Tail: Brown
  • Under Tail: Buff
  • Leg Color: Blue-gray
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