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Christopher A. Lepczyk and Paige S. Warren

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520273092

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520273092.001.0001

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Distribution and Habitat of Greater Roadrunners in Urban and Suburban Arizona

Distribution and Habitat of Greater Roadrunners in Urban and Suburban Arizona

(p.154) (p.155) Chapter Ten Distribution and Habitat of Greater Roadrunners in Urban and Suburban Arizona
Urban Bird Ecology and Conservation

Stephen DeStefano

Charlene M. Webster

University of California Press

Greater roadrunners (Geococcyx californianus) have a secretive nature that makes accurate surveys a challenge. However, they draw much attention from residents and visitors. We used public-sighting information and researcher-based, randomly distributed surveys to document roadrunner locations in metropolitan Tucson, Arizona (USA), and to explore the biases inherent in public information surveys. The general pattern of distribution of roadrunner sightings was similar in both public and researcher surveys, with distribution in a broad band around the edge of Tucson with few or no sightings in the city center. Public-survey information provided a great deal of usable data quickly and inexpensively but reflected where people saw and reported roadrunners. Interpretations of relative abundance or habitat preference need to be made cautiously.

Keywords:   Arizona, distribution, Geococcyx californianus, greater roadrunner, habitat, Tucson, urban

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