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All About Nature:
Animals to Paint Online

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If the animal you're interested in isn't here, please e-mail us and we'll add it. We've had hundreds of requests recently, so it may take a while.

All About Birds
Flightless Bird Pages to Color Online

Flightless birds evolved from birds that could fly. Many flightless birds evolved on islands that had few predators from which the birds needed to escape. Others use fast swimming or running as an alternative to flying. Some flightless birds (like the ostrich) have developed effective defenses, like big toe claws.

Some differences between flightless birds and flying birds:
FeatureFlying BirdsFlightless Birds
WingsLonger wingsShorter wings
Cross-section Shape of FeathersAsymmetrical feathersSymmetrical feathers
Number of FeathersFewer feathers
(large feathers only grow in feather tracks, to keep the weight down)
More feathers
(growing all over the body)
Keel
(the bone that anchors the muscles that move a bird's wings)
Well-developed keelGreatly reduced keel
BreastboneRounded breastboneFlat breastbone



Cassowary

A huge, flightless bird from Australia with a helmet-like crest on its head.


Common Rhea or Nandu

The Common Rhea or Nandu is a large, flightless bird from South America.
Dodo

Dodo

The dodo is an extinct, flightless bird that lived on an island in the Indian Ocean near Africa.


Dinornis

The largest bird that ever lived. This flightless bird is extinct, but it lived in New Zealand until the early 1800's.


Emperor Penguin

The largest penguin; it lives on ice packs in Antarctica.


Emu

The emu is a large, flightless Australian bird.

Jackass Penguin

A small penguin from off the coast of southern Africa.


Kakapo

A large, flightless, nocturnal, solitary parrot from New Zealand.


Kiwi

A chicken-sized insectivore from New Zealand; the smallest ratite.


Moa

A huge, extinct, flightless bird from New Zealand.


Ostrich

The ostrich is the largest bird. It can't fly, but it is a fast runner.


Penguin

Penguins are birds that swim very well but cannot fly.



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