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flightless

(of certain birds and insects) unable to fly
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Fossil evidence presented here is unique for rails, and epitomises the ability of these birds to successfully colonise isolated islands and evolve flightlessness on multiple occasions."
'El Nino and the Evolution of Flightlessness in the Galapagos Flightless Cormorant,' http://www.stanford.edu/class/anthsci10sc/2003_galapagos_website/WebPapers/ smith.htm.
Roots, a zoo director, describes the flightlessness of wild birds whose ancestors could fly, including how their abilities changed due to evolution.
Key words: dispersal; flightlessness; mate location; planthopper; Prokelisia dolus; siring capability of male wing forms; trade-off between flight capability and reproduction; wing polymorphism.
(1989) note this same reliance on ballooning in 13 additional species of female-flightless Lepidoptera in eastern North America, and Hackman (1966) discusses the association of flightlessness and ballooning in 19 families worldwide.
One such characteristic might be flightlessness, because without wings insects may not be able to cross the sea of pines.
We have here a series of oppositions: air/soil, rarified/ earthy, height/depth, Mallarmean flight to other worlds/ Flaubertian bovine flightlessness. Laforgue's second line of this stanza is probably more wilfully 'unpoetic' than any other in his poem.