Lesser roadrunner

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Lesser roadrunner
Lesser Roadrunner - Mexico S4E1497.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Cuculiformes
Family: Cuculidae
Subfamily: Neomorphinae
Genus: Geococcyx
Species: G. velox
Binomial name
Geococcyx velox
(Wagner, 1836)
Geococcyx Velox Map.svg
Range in green

The lesser roadrunner (Geococcyx velox) is a large, long-legged member of the cuckoo family, Cuculidae.


The lesser roadrunner resembles the greater roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) in appearance and habit but is smaller and has a significantly shorter bill. Its breeding range is in southwestern Mexico, and north into the western side of the Sierra Madre Occidental range; also northern Central America, and a disjunct range in the northern Yucatán Peninsula.


The lesser roadrunner eats seeds, fruit, small reptiles and frogs. It forages around roadsides for large insects and roadkill.


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