flightless bird

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Noun1.flightless bird - flightless birds having flat breastbones lacking a keel for attachment of flight muscles: ostrichesflightless bird - flightless birds having flat breastbones lacking a keel for attachment of flight muscles: ostriches; cassowaries; emus; moas; rheas; kiwis; elephant birds
bird - warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
Struthio camelus, ostrich - fast-running African flightless bird with two-toed feet; largest living bird
cassowary - large black flightless bird of Australia and New Guinea having a horny head crest
Dromaius novaehollandiae, Emu novaehollandiae, emu - large Australian flightless bird similar to the ostrich but smaller
apteryx, kiwi - nocturnal flightless bird of New Zealand having a long neck and stout legs; only surviving representative of the order Apterygiformes
Rhea americana, rhea - larger of two tall fast-running flightless birds similar to ostriches but three-toed; found from Brazil to Patagonia
nandu, Pterocnemia pennata, rhea - smaller of two tall fast-running flightless birds similar to ostriches but three-toed; found from Peru to Strait of Magellan
aepyornis, elephant bird - huge (to 9 ft.) extinct flightless bird of Madagascar
moa - extinct flightless bird of New Zealand
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The flightless birds are monogamous and begin searching for a mate around two yearsold, recognising each other through vocalisations.
WE'RE celebrating the wonderful world of penguins today as we raise awareness about the fascinating flightless birds.
That's something we see in flightless birds in general, that they tend to become very large once they lose their flight capabilities and once aerodynamic constraints cease to exist"
Breathtaking footage of Antarctica and heartwarming (or heartbreaking) scenes from the life cycle of these dapper flightless birds fill this unforgettable video essay.
AN island's paradise is ruined by the arrival of mysterious green pigs and it's up to three flightless birds - hot tempered Red, speedy Chuck and volatile Bomb - to find out what is going on.
The setting is an island populated by flightless birds, including the grumpy Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) who ends up in anger management classes.
The setting is a paradise island populated by flightless birds, including the grumpy Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) who ends up in anger management classes.
The movie takes place in an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds -- or almost entirely.
The flightless birds appeared unafraid of humans, hence their reputation for stupidity.
Attenborough, pictured, describes all of the flightless birds as the court jesters of the avian world.
Attenborough describes all of the flightless birds as the court jesters of the avian world.