flightless bird

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n flightless bird flightless birds having flat breastbones lacking a keel for attachment of flight muscles: ostriches; cassowaries; emus; moas; rheas; kiwis; elephant birds
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Usage

In literature:

They are flightless birds, but excellent swimmers and tremendous in size, with white breast, short wings, black head, and long peaked bills.
"The Smoky God" by Willis George Emerson
The wekas or Maori hens are small, flightless birds, averaging when full grown about two and three-quarter pounds.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson
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In news:

Pint sized Alexis Dziena looked like a flightless bird, wearing a massive black and white coat with her bandage dress.
Oddly enough, the artist's favorite bird was flightless.
Tale of flightless birds a dodo .
Andalgalornis, a prehistoric, flightless, carnivorous bird that lived in South America, subdued its prey using a repeated attack-and-retreat strategy, landing well-targeted, hatchet-like jabs with its massive beak.
Rare Guam rail flightless birds hatched at Smithsonian.
The Smithsonian reports that there are now a total of 162 of these flightless birds.
Tale of flightless birds a dodo.
'Breaking Dawn' features songs that include 'Flightless Bird, American Mouth' by Iron & Wine.
"I've been awash in dodo mythology since I was 17 or 18," Winchester said of the extinct flightless bird.
The small, flightless birds hatched March 3 and 4.
The logo of the Royal New Zealand Air Force is a kiwi, a flightless bird.
Keepers are at a loss to explain how the flightless bird escaped its enclosure, which is surrounded by a 2-meter fence.
Well now you can, these normally flightless birds took a flight on Southwest Airlines.
The kagu, a flightless bird unique to New Caledonia.
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