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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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Their wings are comparatively large for a flightless bird and are spread while running, to act like sails.
Which flightless bird from Mauritius was hunted to extinction 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.
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.
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.
BRILLIANT ANIMATION - clockwise from top right, 13ft tall flightless bird Kevin; Russell, Alpha the doberman pinscher with rottweiler Beta and bulldog Gamma; and Carl suspended in the air Up (U, 102 mins) Family/Comedy/Action.
A VILLAGE centre near Hinckley resembled a scene out of the Keystone Cops when a giant flightless bird escaped from a breeding farm for a six- hour road-running jaunt.
The flightless bird, which is thought to have become extinct in the late 1600s, is one of an array of natural treasures at a 'pop up museum' at the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) conference at Wales Millennium Centre and National Museum of Wales.
The 26-year-old singer also admits that she's so heavily pregnant she has started moving about like an aquatic flightless bird.
The children met the great naturalist along with some cuddly creatures such as the dodo, a flightless bird from the island of Mauritius which became extinct in the 17th Century.
He plays a flightless bird and sings on the soundtrack.
Bill used to live in South Africa and tells us the Ground Hornbill is a flightless bird native to Sub Saharan Africa.