A large ground dwelling cuckoo, 23 inches in length, streaked with black and white. Diet consists of insects, lizards, snakes, bird eggs, rodents, and small birds. Often seen darting across the road or racing full speed after a lizard. Can pursue prey on the ground at speeds up to 15 m.p.h. Generally solitary except during the breeding season. Found in desert scrub and arid brushy country.