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Sonoran Desert Birds



Greater roadrunner - (Geococcyx californiana)

 Greater roadrunner

 Greater roadrunner

 Greater roadrunner

Size: 23 inches
Overall Color: brown
Occurrence: widespread
Diet: lizards, snakes, insects, other small animals
Nest: platform low in tree or shrub
Field Identification: long tail, crest, blue and red streak behind eye, usually runs rather than flying
Season: year-round

Greater roadrunner
Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
Phylum: Chordata (hollow nerve cord)
Subphylum: Vertebrata (backbone)
Class: Aves (Birds)
Order: Cuculiformes
Family: uculidae (cuckoos)
Genus: Geococcyx
species: californiana

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