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

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



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.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Geococcyx velox". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Lesser Roadrunner at Wikimedia Commons