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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 bird is capable of killing a human with one strike of its large claws.
There is also an egg from a rhea, a large flightless bird, which hadn't been blown and is most likely to be thrown out because it is rotten.
At a depth of about 20 meters (66 feet), the flightless bird slows down as it reaches a swarm of krill.
A Jordan B Dylan C Brian D Jeffrey QUESTION 2 - for 2 points: Which country is the natural home of the flightless bird the emu?
The kiwi, a flightless bird, is used as a symbol of New Zealand soldiers, the All Blacks rugby team and scores of souvenir items ranging from decors to socks.
Which is the largest flightless bird of South America?
The pupil from Caludon Castle School, in Axholme Road, Wyken, has been caring for the flightless bird and even stroking its wings.
The cassowary is the third largest flightless bird in the ratite family.
Which flightless bird was hunted to extinction on the island of Mauritius in the 17th century?
Faster than the large, flightless bird tears across the grasslands of its native Australia, word of the plan spread to other ranchers over the Internet.
Stunned commuters slammed on the brakes after spotting the flightless bird dashing along a country road at speeds of up to 40mph.
London, November 24 ( ANI ): Footprints believed to have been made by the giant bird Diatryma, an extinct flightless bird, indicate that it was a "gentle herbivore" rather than a fierce carnivore, researchers say.