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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The apparent song of Lesser Roadrunner is described as "a slowing, descending series of 3-7 low, moaning, somewhat dove-like coos, oooah .... or owoah ..." (Howell and Webb 1995).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

There are few available audio recordings of vocalizations of Lesser Roadrunner. Additional examples can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

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