Lesser Roadrunner Geococcyx velox

  • Order: Cuculiformes
  • Family: Cuculidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Carlos A. Soberanes-González, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, and Thomas S. Schulenberg


Breeding is reported from Mexico in April-July (Short 1974, Rowley 1984, Binford 1989, Payne 2005) and in El Salvador in August (Miller 1932, Dickey and van Rossem 1938).

The nest is a large cup composed of heavy grass stems and twigs, with a diameter of ca 14.5 cm (Dickey and van Rossem 1938), and placed in a cactus (Opuntia) or shrub, ca 1.8-2.4 m above the ground (Dickey and van Rossem 1938, Rowley 1984). Both sexes have been observed incubating (Dickey and van Rossem 1938). The clutch is two (Dickey and van Rossem 1938, Rowley 1984), and the eggs are white (Payne 2005). Egg dimensions are 35.8 x 26.7 mm and 34.9 x 25.8 mm (n = 2; Dickey and van Rossem 1938). The periods of incubation and nestling development are unknown.

Recommended Citation

Soberanes-González, C. A., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, M. d. C. Arizmendi, and T. S. Schulenberg (2014). Lesser Roadrunner (Geococcyx velox), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.lesroa1.01