Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Aves
Order : Cuculiformes
Family : Cuculidae
Genus : Geococcyx
Binomial name : Geococcyx californianus
Roadrunner is long legged bird that belongs to the cuckoo family and belongs to the genus Geococcyx. The road runner is also known as chaparral cock.
The roadrunner measures about 56 centimeters and weighs about 300 grams. Roadrunner is the largest North American cuckoo. They have a bushy crest, long dark bill, long dark tail and the dark head which is black in color. The front part of the neck and the belly is blue in color. On each foot they have four toes of which two faces forward and the rest facing backward.
The habitat of the roadrunner is the desert and the shrubby countries in the southwestern United States and north Mexico. And it can also be seen in United States of California, Utah, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and in Oklahoma.
The bird has the ability to walk rapidly and they feed on insects, small reptiles, birds, scorpions, rodents, tarantulas, fruits and seeds.