Amazing Flightless Birds or Birds That Cannot Fly – Part I

Isn’t it amazing to know that there are birds that cannot fly or simply flightless birds? There are over 40 species of flightless birds; however, many flightless birds have become extinct. Take a look at birds that cannot fly and are livinstill living. The first part of flightless birds include emu, kiwi, cassowary, galapagos cormorant, flightless cormorant, kakapo. Know which is the large flightless bird and much more…

Majority of us know that Emu, the Australian bird cannot fly; however, is this only bird that cannot fly or are there many birds that cannot fly? I started my research on this subject and found something very interesting. Guess what it is? Yes…there are more birds that cannot fly and these are called as flightless birds. You would be surprised to know if I say there are about 40 flightless birds. According to recent research, it is found that large number of flightless birds belongs to New Zealand and Australia.

Why some birds cannot fly when the rest of them are able to flap their wings and fly high up in the sky? Differences between birds that fly and flightless birds are: 

  1. Birds that fly have longer wings and asymmetric shape of feathers while flightless birds or birds that cannot fly have shorter wings and symmetric shape of feathers.
  2. Flying birds have well developed keel and rounded breastbone. Keel is what that helps the birds’ muscles to move its wings when flying. Flightless bones either will not have keel or greatly reduced keel making them incapable of flying and also flat breastbone.

Take a look at these amazing flightless birds around the world. I’ve listed them in the alphabetical order.

1. Cassowary: Cassowary is a flightless bird native to New Guinea. You may also find them near the north eastern Australia. Cassowaries are the second biggest birds in the world.

 Image via wikipedia

Body parts of Cassowary:

 Image via enchantedliving

Few important characteristics or features of cassowary include:

  1. Female cassowary is generally the biggest and is brightly colored.
  2. Cassowaries have feathers and a relatively shorter wing, a unique characteristic of flightless birds.
  3. Cassowaries have three toes in their feet and have sharp claws.
  4. Cassowaries can run as fast as 31 mph and is capable of jumping to a height of 4.9 feet.
  5. These flightless birds are excellent swimmers.
  6. These are in general solitary birds with the exception during egg-laying.
  7. They breed between the months of May and June. Female cassowaries lay anywhere between 3 and 8 large eggs that are either dark green or pale green-blue in color.
  8. Cassowary’s diet includes flowers, frogs, snail, fungi, small insects, fish, etc.
  9. Guinness World Records, 2007 edition has listed cassowaries to be very dangerous birds. This is because cassowaries are capable of disemboweling a human or dog with just one kick. Dissembling is removal of some or all vital organs from the abdomen.

 2. Emu: Emu is one of the largest flightless birds and is native of Australia. Emu is the second biggest bird of Australia and third biggest bird in the world.

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41 Responses to “Amazing Flightless Birds or Birds That Cannot Fly – Part I”
  1. Starpisces Says...

    On August 3, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    very nice article here about birds, I learn a lot from this write, thanks.
    I suddenly feel like visiting Singapore Jurong Bird Park, see how, may pay a visit.

  2. K64FUNNY Says...

    On August 3, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    fine and fresh article.
    thnx for sharing knowledge in ornithology(study of birds).
    thnx also for interesting written post.this is good post.
    I like it.

  3. PARAM Says...

    On August 3, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Great one……………Keep Going.

  4. Shirley Shuler Says...

    On August 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Excellent article, I learned a lot here today, thanks.

  5. Atanacio Says...

    On August 3, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    a very good share

  6. yes me Says...

    On August 3, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Nice share here cheers

  7. giftarist Says...

    On August 3, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Fascinating and interesting share. Great!

  8. Uma Shankari Says...

    On August 3, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Beautiful birds, great pictures, interesting description….it’s all there.

  9. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On August 3, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Beautiful pics, wonderfully written, and a good refererence source for kids and students. Well done! :-) liked it.

  10. Eunice Tan Says...

    On August 3, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    I enjoy this article about Cassowaries, the bird I saw in the zoo when I was a girl.

  11. Pete Macinta Says...

    On August 3, 2010 at 10:57 pm


  12. Inna Tysoe Says...

    On August 4, 2010 at 1:41 am




  13. LCM Linda Says...

    On August 4, 2010 at 2:24 am

    Very informative. The top down view of Cassowary is interesting and beautiful. I didn’t know that there are over 40 species that cannot fly. Learn new things. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Christine Ramsay Says...

    On August 4, 2010 at 3:09 am

    A very well researched and well presented article. I have learned such from it.


  15. wonder Says...

    On August 4, 2010 at 3:35 am

    A very interesting post, keep them coming.

  16. Citra Florenca Says...

    On August 4, 2010 at 5:04 am

    Very cool. Casooary is too big and too heavy to fly :D

  17. Sharif Ishnin Says...

    On August 4, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Excellent look at this bird. Heard about the cassowary but this the the first I seen them. Thanks.

  18. TwiKnight Says...

    On August 4, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Great article, mate! What about chickens and ducks? I only know a couple long extinct like the dodo or the archeopteryx…

  19. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On August 4, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    that’s the weirdest looking bird I have ever seen, interesting article.

  20. Ethics0006 Says...

    On August 4, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Thats a interesting stuff

  21. gaby7 Says...

    On August 5, 2010 at 7:51 am

    A super article!

  22. athena goodlight Says...

    On August 5, 2010 at 9:42 am

    A very thorough take on flightless birds. Good share!

  23. webseowriters Says...

    On August 5, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Nice share

  24. Tulan Says...

    On August 5, 2010 at 11:43 am

    that’s an ugly bird. interesting article though.

  25. Carol M Creasey Says...

    On August 5, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Great share, many thanks.

  26. jennifer eiffel01 Says...

    On August 6, 2010 at 5:28 am

    I clicked I like it, but the truth is I LOVED your article. It is well written, informative and very thorough. I will be waiting for part 2.

  27. Ann Yo Says...

    On August 6, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    This is an interesting and valuable information. Thanks for writing this article. 5* plus recommendation!

  28. Aileen Tecson Says...

    On August 6, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Nice information learn a lot! :-)

  29. Great Idea Says...

    On August 7, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Knowledge can give you a real advantage. To make sure you’re fully informed about Amazing Flightless Birds or Birds That Cannot Fly – Part I, keep reading.

  30. drelayaraja Says...

    On August 9, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Wonderful information, well presented :)

  31. Phoenix Montoya Says...

    On August 9, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Finally I found the comment box lol… Well just returning to say that this is an interesting read and nice choices of pics too. Well done :)

  32. Goodselfme Says...

    On August 10, 2010 at 12:10 am

    WEll done research.

  33. rajaryanme Says...

    On August 10, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Very interesting post.

  34. Gijo George Says...

    On August 12, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    The main difference between Birds that can fly is that they can migrate to the distant parts of the world.

  35. valli Says...

    On August 12, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Beautiful birds and images.

  36. K Kristie Says...

    On August 13, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Nice looking birds, too.

  37. zoeyclark Says...

    On August 14, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Cassowary is so ugly yet so cute! Loved this little factoid:))

  38. mkd1788 Says...

    On August 15, 2010 at 3:33 am

    cute bird…and very informative post..

  39. achilles2010 Says...

    On September 9, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Great research. Nice informative article

  40. Hettie Says...

    On September 26, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Great article, being a New Zealander, ( or kiwi) our flightless birds did not have many enemies be fore people came, and food was easy to find on the ground. Hettie

  41. J M Lennox Says...

    On February 11, 2012 at 10:40 am

    You articles are always so beautifully presented Anu, and very informative and interesting. Thanks. :-)

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