The Roadrunner is the State bird of New Mexico. But it is very popular in Mexico and Central America. It grows to 18-24" with a long distinguished tail and strong legs. It can live 7-8 years, mating each spring. It's carnivorous habits makes it uniquely suited for the desert, eating insects, lizards and snakes. It has short, rounded wings and cannot keep it's large body airborne for more than a few seconds, but can move along the ground at up to 17 miles per hour. They build nests in bush, cactus or small trees, but spend most of their lives on the ground.
These pictures submitted by Samuel Pawls.