Description: A large, ground-dwelling member of the cuckoo family, streaked with brown and white. Sports a long, heavy bill, bushy crest and long, white-edged tail.
Habitat: Locally it is found in open chaparral, coastal sage scrub and brushlands of river valleys, especially on edge of cultivated land.
Diet: Insects, lizards, snakes, rodents, birds; occasionally fruit and seeds.
Display: Male parades with head held high and stiff, wings
and tail drooped; precedes male mating song.
Nest: Builds nest of sticks in low tree, thicket or cactus clump; lined with leaves, grass, feathers and other materials.
Eggs: White with chalky yellowish coat, 1 1/2 inches long.
Natural history notes: This bird speeds along on long, strong legs at speeds up to 15 m.p.h. The roadrunner performs a distraction display to protect the nest. Pairs often mate for life.