Greater Roadrunner, Tuba, Arizona

The Quintessential Bird to Chase


A distinctive bird of the American southwest, after vultures probably the most distinctive, largely thanks to those silly Looney Tunes Roadrunner-Coyote cartoons. But the Greater Roadrunner is a lot more comical than the cartoon one, although it’s rarely chased by coyotes. Roadrunners can raise and lower their crests, and frequently raise and lower their tails, sometimes…