Roadrunners in Southwest United States

Real Estate Agent with Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes BR564219000

A good friend of mine is an avid bird watcher and amateur photographer and lucky me, I get to receive and share his photos


Today I thought I'd share information on a bird seen regularly throughout our Tucson , Arizona region.  The Roadrunner.


I can't say I've seen them running down the road, or outsmarting a Wyle E. coyote, but I've certainly seen them darting bush to bush.


Roadrunners live in arid climates are quite adaptable to Southwestern United States and Mexico. Amazingly, roadrunners do not have to drink water. They get all the hydration they need from their diet -- can you imagine?  Guess those little lizards are full of water...


Though the Roadrunner can fly, you generally see them on the ground, hunting for insects, small reptiles, eggs, seeds...even rattlesnakes!! And these buggers are fast, running up to 20 mph!!

A little known fact - they are in the cuckoo bird family.  I don't think I've ever heard them make a noise--unlike our area woodpeckers and doves!

Next time you see a roadrunner, figure you've got good luck coming your way.  According to Native American lore, Roadrunners symbolize courage, strength and endurance, and are nicknamed "medicine birds".

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Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes


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Comments (3)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Cara Marcelle Mancuso very valuable helpful report about roadrunners in Southwest United States.

Jun 20, 2023 02:52 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Loved the post and the photos about roadrunners not like on the cartoons of the 1960's:)Endre

Jun 20, 2023 09:30 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

Thanks Endre Barath, Jr.   They don't seem anything like that famous Roadrunner....

Jun 21, 2023 07:55 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Cara, been to AZ a few times, and have never seen a roadrunner, but then again, didn't know what to look for.  Kind of a cute bird!

Jun 21, 2023 06:02 AM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

They are surprisingly big for a bird - as tall as a chicken!  They get up to 2 feet tall!

Jun 21, 2023 07:55 AM