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flightless

(of certain birds and insects) unable to fly, having secondarily lost the ability. The term is usually applied to birds such as RATITES and penguins.

flightless

see ratite.
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The flightless mosquito strain is an adaptation of Oxitec's genetically 'sterile' mosquitoes, which have already been successfully demonstrated in Grand Cayman and Brazil, reducing target populations of the dengue mosquito, Aedes aegypti.
Part of the skeleton of the Alvarezsaurid is similar, superficially, to the Nandu [South American flightless bird] and the same as size as the Nandu.
To eliminate the linkage disequilibrium between the flightless allele and the visible marker, each population was started by placing into each box an open bottle containing 100 flies heterozygous for either ap and se alleles or vg and e alleles (4 boxes each; there is no need to collect unmated flies, because all the flies are heterozygous and all matings in this and consecutive generations are random).
Their wings are comparatively large for a flightless bird and are spread while running, to act like sails.
Scientists have been trying to find ways to increase the number of these hefty, green, flightless creatures.
EVENING TELEGRAPH readers have helped to name a flightless owl at a Nuneaton wildlife sanctuary.
The kiwi is the nocturnal and flightless national symbol of New Zealand.
Noitulove' ('evolution' spelt backwards), follows three friends drinking in a pub, who journey back through evolution, regressing into prehistoric figures and flightless birds to get the ultimate reward of a pint of Guinness.
Waterbirds, are found on pages 55--87, Seabirds and Shorebirds 89--123, Birds of Prey 124--161, Flightless and Ground Dwelling Birds 162--183, Other Non-Passerine Birds including those Driven to Extinction 184--125, Passerine 126--287, Finches and Seedeating Passerines 289--307.
Set in the North Queensland bush, our flightless hero is teased by the other animals for being landbound, and then, after an accident with a stone, feels too embarrassed to face them at all.
Few species become extinct solely as a direct result of persecution by humankind--the pigeon-like dodo and the huge flightless New Zealand birds called 'moas' are recent exceptions.
The flightless fellas were snapped trying to p-p-pick up a bit of warmth from each other on a miserable grey day in the zoo.