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Which Birds Can't Fly? A List of Birds That Are Flightless
No list of flightless birds would be complete without the penguin. All 18 species of penguin are unable to fly, and are in fact better built for swimming and diving, which they spend the majority of their time doing. Their short legs and stocky build give them a distinctive waddling walk. While people tend to associate penguins with Antarctica, most species live in higher latitudes. A few even live in temperate climates, and the Galapagos penguin actually lives at the Equator. These birds are also remarkably romantic—penguins are largely monogamous and seek out the same mates each season, even among the hundreds or even thousands of birds that might live in their colony. Three out of four species of steamer duck are flightless, but four out of four species should not be messed with.
Below we have listed a few notable flightless birds, though obviously not all of these largely land-restricted avian species. Other notable flightless bird species include emus, rheas, certain teals and scrubfowls, grebes, cormorants, and various rails, just to name a few. The flightless birds of Papua New Guinea , northeastern Australia , and some other islands of Oceania, the cassowaries are quite well known for their fierce reputation. Though they cannot fly they can definitely scare away their enemies with their violent nature and hidden claws. Many human and animal deaths have been reported to be caused by these birds. The birds are omnivorous in nature, feeding on fruits, fungi, insects and other species. Among the three species of cassowary, the southern cassowary is the third tallest bird in the world and is classified as vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature IUCN due to its steadily decreasing numbers.
Genus: Struthio Camelus. There are five different species. Location: Native of Africa but farmed worldwide. It is also a bird that cannot fly, but it can run very fast indeed — as fast as a car. Ostriches are found in the wild in deserts and savannahs. Its long, thick, and powerful legs can cover great distances without much effort, and its feet have only two toes for greater speed.
Emus grow to 6 feet tall. They can't fly, but can run very fast. They're scruffy but elegant, powerful but gentle and so much fun to watch. Meet the emu, the second-largest bird in the world after the ostrich. Emus can't fly but can run very fast. An emu's small, palm-size wings are hidden under a mound of feathers and help it balance as it runs at speeds up to 30 miles per hour. The National Council on Strength and Fitness says the typical man can run 15 mph.