Bird Details
Greater Roadrunner
Color: Brown
Size: 23"
Season: Year-round
Description: Unique among Arkansas' birds. Streaky brown body and long tail. Strong legs for running. Short, rounded wings. The crest can be lowered or raised. A red and blue patch may be visible behind the eye.
Voice: A series of low-pitched coos, coo coo coo coo coo coo.
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Habitat: Clearings associated with farms, lightly urbanized areas, sparse cedar forests, dry scrubby woods, and rock outcroppings.
Interesting Fact: Roadrunners are ground-loving cuckoos. They prefer to run after prey and away from danger rather than fly. They eat insects, scorpions, lizards, snakes, birds, rodents, eggs and anything else they can catch.
Scientific name: Geococcyx californianus
Order: Cuculiformes
Family: Cuculidae

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