The longlegged Greater Roadrunner might have been named for its habit of running down roads in front of cars, then dashing to safety at the last minute. They can run between 15-20 miles per hour and have been clocked at 26 miles per hour, the fastest running speed  ever clocked for a flying bird. It is also one of the bigger birds in North America: It is 20-24″ long, has a 17-24″ wingspan and is up to a foot-high. It can fly but perfers to spend most of its time on the ground.

You’ll find Roadrunners in the Southwestern  shrubby desert,  sometimes as far east as Missouri,  Arkansas and Louisana and as far south as the interior of  Mexico.  And they do look and act funny, just like their cartoon counterparts!