How a roadrunner is able to run fast despite obstacles on it's running path?


A roadrunner running fast over an obstacle on the road.

How fast a roadrunner can run?


Well named is the long-billed, long-legged and long-tailed bird called “roadrunner.”

This member of the cuckoo family prefers to run on its legs rather than fly, although it will take to its wings to cross a canyon.

On the ground it can move along at 15 to 20 miles an hour(or 27-32 KPH)with ease, never seeming to get tired.

The roadrunner is so speedy that if chased, rather than take to wings, it sprints along out of danger.

Avoiding obstacles


An obstacle in its path is no problem, because, if one looms up, the bird scoots around it with ease by the aid of a swing of its tail.

One auto is reported to have chased a roadrunner that dashed along at a speed of 22 miles an hour.

As it runs along it may also suddenly jump a foot or two into the air to snatch an insect tidbit.