flightless birds

by Vinutha 2010-02-12 11:04:50

No, there are several species of flightless birds. Penguins and the ratites are the best-known flightless birds. Ratites include emus, kiwis, ostriches, rheas, and cassowaries. These birds are called "ratite" because they have a flat, or unkeeled, breastbone.

All flightless birds, despite having lost their power to fly millions of years ago, have wings. Many flightless birds (for example, the great auk) live on isolated oceanic islands where there are no predators. Since these birds didn't need to fly to escape predators, they gradually lost the use of their wings.

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