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Aves - Neognathae - Cuculiformes - Cuculidae - Geococcyx - Geococcyx californianus

Species Description
The Greater Roadrunner, Geococcyx californianus, is a bird in the family Cucilidae. Its name means “Californian Earth-cuckoo”. This long-legged bird is 22 inches in length and weighs approximately 10.5 ounces. About half of the bird’s length is comprised of its tail. This is the largest North American cuckoo. Roadrunners have four toes, two of which face forward and two backward. The Greater Roadrunner breeds in the desert and shrubby countryside and feeds on insects, fruit, seed, small reptiles, small mammals, centipedes, etc. This species spends the majority of its time on ground and can run as fast as 42 km/hr.
Skeletal Elements Available

Left Femur (Left Upper Leg Bone)

Right Femur (Right Femur)

Left Humerus (Left Upper Arm Bone)

Right Humerus (Right Upper Arm Bone)

Right Tibiotarsus (Middle Leg Bone, Right)

Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)

Sternum (Breast Bone)
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