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Greater Roadrunner

Greater Roadrunner
Greater Roadrunner

© Wayne Wendel

Geococcyx californianus

Family: (Cuculidae) Cuckoos, Roadrunners, and Anis

Preferred Habitat: Deserts and dry, rural habitats

Seasonal Occurrence: Occasional throughout the year; occasional breeder.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Notes: The Greater Roadrunner occurs in small numbers on the Upper Texas Coast. In recent years multiple sightings have occurred at Kleb Woods Nature Preserve, northwest of Houston in Tomball. Other good areas to look for roadrunners are the Katy Prairie and Brazos Bend State Park. Although roadrunners can fly, they prefer to run on the ground and are famous for their quick bursts of speed to catch prey such as snakes, lizards, and small rodents. Male and female birds look alike. They build their nests in small trees, bushes or cactus.
- Susan Billetdeaux

Greater Roadrunner
Greater Roadrunner with captured prey

© Wayne Wendel

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