The paisano, or better known as the Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus), is a living symbol of the southwest. It is a member of the cuckoo family and dwells on the ground, nesting in cactus or thickets. Their diet consists of insects, lizards, snakes, bird eggs, birds, rodents, spiders, and scorpions. Their flying is limited to only hopping into trees from branch to branch. On the ground they can run up to 15mph in pursuit of prey.
They are usually solitary, but this morning Ann and I saw a group of four, that were apparently trying to decide which one was going to take possession of a deceased Northern Cardinal. Enjoy the photo that I was able to get, and click on the image to get an enlargement.