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** In a much earlier episode back in season 6, when Bart's comet's shadow loomed over the Springfield zoo and over the penguin exhibit, the birds then took flight to escape.

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* ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies2ItsAboutTime'' has the Dodo Rider Zombie fought in Frostbite caves. It's normally a grounded mook, but when it encounters some plants like Spikeweed or ice floes the dodo frantically flaps its wings to fly, temporarily becoming an AirborneMook until it passes the threat.

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* ''VideoGame/ArkSurvivalEvolved'' has a downplayed pterosaur variant. The ''Quetzalcoatlus'' is shown to remain airborne constantly ([[GameplayAndStoryIntegration this is reflected]] by it's low stamina drain when you [[DomesticatedDinosaurs tame it]]) and never landing, however fossil evidence seems to indicate that it was much more terrestrial than other pterosaur groups and would likely only take flight to escape [[TyrannosaurusRex larger predators]].
** There's also another downplayed variation with the [[FeatheredFiend Terror Bird]], it's a fast heavyset runner like it's real counterpart but can use it's tiny wings to [[NotQuiteFlight glide]] a considerable distance.


* There are some birds that can be considered "semi-flightless"-- their wings and flight muscles have degenerated to the point that they are behaviorally flightless, but they can still fly short distances if they absolutely have to. Examples include the Okinawa rail of Japan, the Laysan duck of Hawaii, and the Zapata rail of Cuba.

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* There are some birds that can be considered "semi-flightless"-- their wings and flight muscles have degenerated to the point that they are behaviorally for all intents and purposes flightless, but they can still fly short distances if they absolutely have to. Examples include the Okinawa rail of Japan, the Laysan duck of Hawaii, and the Zapata rail of Cuba.


* A plot point in ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'' is the chickens trying to learn how to fly from a rooster named Rocky after Ginger saw him flying. [[spoiler:It turns out Rocky didn't actually fly, he was just shot out of a cannon.]]

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* A plot point in ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'' is the chickens trying to learn how to fly from a rooster named Rocky after Ginger saw him flying. [[spoiler:It turns out [[SubvertedTrope Rocky didn't actually fly, fly]], he was just shot out of a cannon.]]


Contrast AcrophobicBird, for when birds who can fly don't fly because they are too scared to do it.

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Contrast AcrophobicBird, for when birds who can fly don't fly because they are too scared to do it.for one reason or another.


Contrast AcrophobicBird, for when birds who can fly don't fly that often for some reason.

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Contrast AcrophobicBird, for when birds who can fly don't fly that often for some reason.because they are too scared to do it.


[[quoteright:350:[[VideoGame/SpyroReignitedTrilogy https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flyingflightlessbird_spyro_3.png]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:He heard that every other bird flew south for the winter and he felt left out.]]



* ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'': Sgt. Byrd is a military penguin who has missiles strapped to him. He is also capable of flying be flapping his little penguin flippers. Handwaved by how he's trained by the hummingbirds to flap his flippers fast enough.

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* ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'': Sgt. Byrd from ''VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon'' is a military penguin who has missiles strapped to him. He is also capable of flying be flapping his little penguin flippers. Handwaved by how he's trained by the hummingbirds to flap his flippers fast enough. This is later averted with the use of a jet-pack in ''VideoGame/SpyroAHerosTail''.

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* Some of the enemy penguins in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld2YoshisIsland'' flap around in midair unless Yoshi stuffs them in his mouth and spits them out, after which they'll simply waddle around like the other penguins.

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* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'': King Dedede is a possible example. He looks to possibly be a penguin, and just like Kirby, he can fly by puffing up like a balloon.


Not all birds possess the [[{{Flight}} ability to fly]], in fact there's a good number of birds who can't. The reasons vary between each flightless bird, but the most common reason is that their wings were [[WingsDoNothing not made for flying]].

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Not all birds possess the [[{{Flight}} ability to fly]], fly]]; in fact fact, there's a good number of birds who can't. The reasons vary between each flightless bird, but the most common reason is that their wings were [[WingsDoNothing not made for flying]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFoxbusters'': This British cartoon features three chickens capable of flight, and they use their unusual power to protect their farm from foxes.


* There are some birds that can be considered "semi-flightless"-- their wings and flight muscles have degenerated, they are for all intents and purposes flightless, but they can still fly short distances if they absolutely have to. Examples include the Okinawa rail of Japan, the Laysan duck of Hawaii, and the Zapata rail of Cuba.

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* There are some birds that can be considered "semi-flightless"-- their wings and flight muscles have degenerated, degenerated to the point that they are for all intents and purposes behaviorally flightless, but they can still fly short distances if they absolutely have to. Examples include the Okinawa rail of Japan, the Laysan duck of Hawaii, and the Zapata rail of Cuba.

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* There are some birds that can be considered "semi-flightless"-- their wings and flight muscles have degenerated, they are for all intents and purposes flightless, but they can still fly short distances if they absolutely have to. Examples include the Okinawa rail of Japan, the Laysan duck of Hawaii, and the Zapata rail of Cuba.
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* A plot point in ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'' is the chickens trying to learn how to fly from a rooster named Rocky after Ginger saw him flying. [[spoiler:It turns out Rocky didn't actually fly, he was just shot out of a cannon.]]



** Doduo is based off of an ostrich, which is known for not being able to fly. Its Pokedex entry in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' even says that it can't fly well. Nevertheless, it is still able to learn the move Fly.

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** Doduo is and Dodrio are based off of an ostrich, which is known for not being able to fly. Its Pokedex entry in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' even says that it can't fly well. Nevertheless, it is still able to learn the move Fly. Some of the 3D games have them achieve this by running in place.

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