The cuckoo who runs on the ground

Along with tumbleweed, cactus, and cowboys, roadrunners are among the most famous of western icons. Most people would be surprised to learn that it’s a member of the Cuckoo family. They run down their prey which include insects, small mammals, and even rattlesnakes. This¬†Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)¬†was photographed in the Tucson Mountains, Arizona.