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Greater Roadrunner, Chaparral Cock, Geococcyx californianus, 20 - 24 in / 52 - 62 cm. UNCOMMON in dry areas where patches of brush and other low vegetation are separated by open ground, often seen along road edges. Can run at 20 mph / 32 k/mph over long distances, using the tail as a rudder. Similar to other cuckoos can be nest parasites.

State Bird of New Mexico. Mascot of various sports teams, including hockey's Tucson Roadrunners.

Barrio Tubac, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA.


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