Saurothera californiana Lesson, 1829, California. Monotypic
OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Grand gйocoucou; German: Wegecuckuck; Spanish: Correcaminos Grande.
22.1 in (56 cm); male 0.64 lb (320 g), female 0.58 lb (290 g). Slender, long tails and legs; streaked brown above; crested; tail with white tips; bare skin behind eye; black bill.
Southwest United States and Mexico.
Arid lowland scrub.
Resident, pairs in territory all year. They can fly, but usually run on bare ground.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Opportunistic; insects, spiders, lizards, snakes, birds, rabbits.
Monogamous; nest in an open platform of sticks. 2–6 eggs. Males incubate at night. Hatching is asynchronous (eggs may hatch up to seven days apart).
Not threatened. However, local populations’ range is decreasing in urban areas.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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