French: Grand Géocoucou German: Wegekuckuck Spanish: Correcaminos grande
SW USA from NC California, Utah and Colorado E to Missouri and Louisiana S in Mexico to S Baja California, Michoacán, Puebla and Veracruz.
52–58 cm; male 187–430 g (once 588 g), female 250–352 g. Large and slender, with long tail and long legs; streaked brown above with bronze gloss, shaggy... read more
Mournful dove-like “coo” notes, slow and descending in pitch; also a bill-rattle.
Arid scrub, lowland or montane; widely dispersed in dry open country with scattered brush, mesquite... read more
Food and feeding
Opportunistic carnivore, taking: insects (grasshoppers, crickets, cicadas, caterpillars, beetles), scorpions, centipedes, spiders (... read more
In S California, breeds from late Feb in low elevations of Lower Sonoran Life Zone, a month later in upland deserts of Upper Sonoran Life... read more
Resident. Pair remains on territory all year and in successive years; one remained five years in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common; population numbers over most of range have shown no significant change in period 1966–1993. Most numerous in SE... read more
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