Definition of Flightless bird
1. Noun. Flightless birds having flat breastbones lacking a keel for attachment of flight muscles: ostriches; cassowaries; emus; moas; rheas; kiwis; elephant birds.
Generic synonyms: Bird
Specialized synonyms: Ostrich, Struthio Camelus, Cassowary, Dromaius Novaehollandiae, Emu, Emu Novaehollandiae, Apteryx, Kiwi, Rhea, Rhea Americana, Nandu, Pterocnemia Pennata, Rhea, Aepyornis, Elephant Bird, Moa
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Literary usage of Flightless bird
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1. A Preliminary Catalogue of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum of Polynesian by Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum (1893)
"5561 " " " " " 5562 flightless bird from Laysan Island, male. ... 5565 " " " " " 5566 " " " « « The flightless bird closely resembles the Hawaiian Moho in ..."
2. Library of Natural History by Richard Lydekker (1901)
"LEFT SIDE OF SHOULDER BONES AND BREASTBONE Moreover, the cup in the pelvis for OF A flightless bird. . . the head of the thigh bone is always humerus; ..."
3. A History of the Game Birds, Wild-fowl and Shore Birds of Massachusetts and by Edward Howe Forbush, Willey Ingraham Beecroft, Herbert Keightley Job, Massachusetts State Board of Agriculture (1912)
"It may seem improbable that a flightless bird could swim in one season from Labrador to Florida and back; but fish make similar migrations, and the Auk was ..."
4. The Bird: Its Form and Function by William Beebe (1906)
"Cassowary, showing the loose plumage of a flightless bird. (Sanborn, photographer. Courtesy of NY Zoological Society.) which is so loose and fluffy that it ..."
5. A Guide to the Fossil Mammals and Birds in the Department of Geology and by Arthur Smith Woodward (1904)
"He recognised that this bone belonged to a flightless bird of a heavier and more sluggish kind than the ostrich, which he proposed to name Dinornis ..."