The Greater Roadrunner is a long-legged bird and the largest North American cuckoo. It has a bushy crest and a long dark tail. Its breeding habitat is desert and shrubby country in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Although capable of flight, it spends most of its time on the ground where it can run at speeds of 20 miles per hour!
The Greater Roadrunner is the state bird of New Mexico and is well known as the basis for the character in the Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoons.