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Roadrunners

This episode is all about bird species in the genus Geococcyx: the Greater Roadrunner and the Lesser Roadrunner.

Episode:
34
Date:
September 1, 2021
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Roadrunners

Summary

This episode is all about the bird species in the genus Geococcyx. There are only two: the Greater Roadrunner and the Lesser Roadrunner. 

People in North America have revered the Greater Roadrunner for thousands of years. This bird features prominently in Native American and Mexican legends and lore. It’s usually depicted in a good light. Roadrunners are bold, clever, and fast—all admirable characteristics.

They’re also large and conspicuous birds, so it’s not surprising that more than one culture has paid them some special attention.

Learn about the key traits of roadrunners as well as their habitats, diet, and breeding.


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Photos of Roadrunners

Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus). Photo by Stan/Adobe.
Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus). Photo by Aaron/Adobe.
Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) vs a rattlesnake. Photo by Tom/Adobe.
Lesser Roadunner (Geococcyx velox) in Jalisno, Mexico. Photo by Rachel Kolokoff/Adobe.

Attributions

  • Greater Roadrunner sounds (Xeno Canto recording XC163982)
  • Greater Roadrunner sounds (Xeno Canto recording XC254799)
  • Greater Roadrunner sounds (Xeno Canto recording XC254880)

This work by Ivan Phillipsen is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

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