This roadrunner, a member of the cuckoo family, was spotted on a recent trip to California. Roadrunners indeed have long, strong legs that allow them to run swiftly to catch a tasty lizard or jump into the air to nab an insect. They don’t spend much time in flight unless fleeing a predator or reaching a branch, but who needs to fly when he can run almost 20 MPH?
Contrary to popular belief, a roadrunner runs much slower than a coyote, which leads me to believe that Wile E. Coyote should have used his speed rather than his wit to catch the Roadrunner. At least he kept the Acme Company in business with all the dynamite, anvils, and birdseed he bought from them. Beep, Beep!