Chuck Jones had said that roadrunners were plentiful in the desert areas of Southern California. Undoubtedly, that's what inspired him to create the series.
One characteristic that I don't like about the Road Runner is his rudeness. Have you noticed how he sticks his tongue out at everyone he encounters, not just the Coyote. There was a Geico commercial a few years ago showing the gecko lost and confused in the desert. The Road Runner passes by, sticks out his tongue, and runs away. Then the Coyote appears, thinks he might make a meal out of the gecko (ugh!), but before he can attack, he is flattened by an Acme iron safe. This ad wasn't run very long. And there is a cartoon from THE LOONEY TUNES SHOW, depicting Bugs Bunny as having collapsed from thirst in the desert. When he comes to, the Road Runner is standing over him, and yep! Sticking out his tongue! To tell the truth, I really don't find that funny.
In all his cartoons, Bugs Bunny is shown chomping carrots. But there is one thing he loves even more than carrots: performing in public. Even when unplanned, as in HOT CROSS BUNNY, THE RABBIT OF SEVILLE, or STAGE DOOR CARTOON, he's always willing to entertain an audience. He has show business in his blood; I bet he doesn't even know the meaning of "stage fright".
A bird similar to the road runner is the bustard, who lives on the steppes and sandy plains of Asia. Like the road runner, he prefers to walk or run, and has the leg muscles to do so. But he also can fly if necessary, and probably better than the road runner could. But they are similar in that they are omnivorous and nest on the ground. I didn't check (too damned lazy) to see if they are related in genus or species, but they are very much alike.
Okay, so this thread is awesome, but the Cheers episode where they discuss the road runner and coyote at the bar has not been brought up yet.
Woody makes a good point, which always kind of bugged me as well.....if the coyote could afford to buy all of these contraptions from Acme, why doesn't he just buy some food and forget about the road runner.
Frasier Crane then came up with some psychiatrist stuff about the coyote not really caring about eating neccesarily, but needing to catch THAT particular road runner.
Norm and Cliff then joined in the conversation, and you can take it from there.....
Thank you for the awesome compliment, millar70. And to answer Woody's question, I don't think the Coyote actually pays anything because Acme just wants to unload its junk even free of charge. That, or he has limitless credit!