The uniqueness of birds is their ability to fly. Nevertheless, some birds are not endowed to fly. They are so many species of birds that cannot fly. But they are better compensated because they are very strong and powerful with special features. Now let us look at some of these birds that cannot fly. They are not in any specific order.
Ostrich as a bird can grow up to 9 feet tall and can as well weigh over 300 pounds. So how do you expect this bird to fly? Ostrich cannot fly because of its size. Ostrich is the largest bird and also produce the largest eggs of 5 inches in diameter and weighing 3 pounds. It has small fluffy wings that hinders flying, but can run at speeds of about 45 miles per hour in an open land, is that not a powerful feature?
Cassowary is a very strong and powerful bird. It is mostly common in Australia, surrounding island and New Guinea. Cassowary bird weight about 60kg and about 5 feet tall. It has very deadly claw that is about 4 inches long on the middle toe of each foot and has very smooth and shiny black fur-like feathers.
Penguins are aquatic birds that cannot fly. It weight about 35kg and stand about 3 feet tall. All the species of Penguins cannot fly and it is about 18 species. They are not meant to fly but to swim. Their short legs and stocky build give them the ability to swing back and forth in water. They are found in Antarctica and other places because of their different species.
Weka like Penguin is very skillful in swimming. They are meant for aquatic and cannot fly. They are based in New Zealand. Weka is often been described as a thief because of their skillful ways of getting food and some other objects for their kinds. Weka is not much in numbers now.
6. Steamer duck
Steamer Duck has 4 species, 3 out of these 4 species cannot fly. They are commonly found in South America, Argentina and Chile. Steamer duck have the ability to kill water birds even bigger than the steamer duck.
Kakapo is a bird without the features of flying. Kakapo has the head of owl and walk like duck. It is about 2 feet in length and very few in numbers. Kakapo is the world heaviest parrot, reside in New Zealand.
Kiwis are another group of birds that cannot fly. They are based in New Zealand as well and some other place. They are called different names. In Lain, they are called Apteryx, meaning wingless. Kiwi has hair like feathers and nostrils as its peak. The female laid egg of about 1 pound in weight.
Takahe is another group of flightless birds. Takahe has beautiful feature of long live. Takahe can live up to 20 years or even more. Takahe is a very colorful bird with a vibrant blue and green plumage and a red bill in nature. Takahe is a vegetarian, and feed mainly on grass and grass seeds. It also resides in New Zealand.
Another flightless bird is Emu. Emu has small vestigial wings and use them when running for stability. They are 5 feet to 6 feet tall and can run at a speed of 30mph. So it is very difficult for this bird to fly. Emu is based in Australia often regarded as National bird of Australia.
1. Greater Rhea
This group of bird can be compared with Emu and even Ostrich. It is about 4 feet in length. It has long and stout legs and used it to outrun it predators. It has fluffy and feathery wings but are useless because it cannot be used for flight. This bird is based in South America.
From the above mentioned birds you will see clearly why some birds cannot fly.