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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Cuculidae — the roadrunners.


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  • Perhaps the most well-known Sonoran bird is the roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus), distinguished by its preference for running over flying as it hunts scorpions, tarantulas, rattlesnakes, lizards, and other small animals.

    Sonoran desert

  • The avifauna includes golden eagle Aquila chrysaetos, bald eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus, scaled quail Callipepla squamata, Mexican spotted owl Strix occidentalis lucida, great horned owl Bubo virginianus, roadrunner Geococcyx californina, loggerhead shrike Lanius ludovicianus, and cave swallow Hirundo fulva of which the Cavern Natural Entrance has the largest colony in the northern hemisphere which breeds there in the summer.

    Carlsbad Caverns National Park, United States

  • Geococcyx californianus was the previous entry in this blog.

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  • The Roadrunner, Geococcyx californianus, is everyone's sentimental favorite Southwestern mascot.

    Archive 2006-06-01

  • Another animal frequently seen was the chaparral-cock or road-runner, really the earth cuckoo (_Geococcyx Mexicanus_), called paisano or pheasant, or

    Ranching, Sport and Travel

  • (A night-owl feather is always used for filling the reeds after the corn is ripe to insure a warm winter; in the spring a plume from the chaparral cock, _Geococcyx californianus_, is used instead to bring rain).

    Eighth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1886-1887, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1891

  • Characteristic fauna species include the White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), mexican west-coast rattlesnake (Crotolus b. basiliscus), horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), lesser-ground cuckoo (Morococcyx erythropygus), and lesser roadrunner (Geococcyx velox).

    Chiapas Depression dry forests

  • The strict endemic Balsas Screech Owl (Otus seductus) is found here along with the green parakeet (Aratinga holochlora), banded quail (Philortx fasciatus), greater roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus), crested guan (Penelope p. purpurascens '), and orange-fronted parakeet (Aratinga caracularis).

    Balsas dry forests


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