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Bowling Bird
Duckpin DKCR
A set of Bowling Birds as seen in the game Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii.
Homeland Donkey Kong Island
Residence(s) Beach level Blowhole Bound
Origin of Species Dodo

Powers/Abilities Unable to harm enemies,
Serving as bowling pins,
Generating a reward by the enemies using a single roll move to knock down a full set of Bowling Birds

Enemies Kong Family,
Donkey Kong,
Diddy Kong
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country Returns,
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
First Game Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)

Latest Game Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013)

Bowling Birds (ピンドードー, Pin Dodo in Japan) are odd, bowling pin-like birds appearing in the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. They can be knocked down by the Kongs using roll attacks.


Bowling Birds are only found in the Beach level Blowhole Bound of the Donkey Kong Island. They are placed next to the Tutorial Pig's first checkpoint of the level after the primates have traversed the first aquatic section on a whale. Bowling Birds just stay still on place, moving their heads slightly and staring at the same direction. They are not capable of harming the heroes. The Kongs can shake them by moving through them, and the ground-pound move can make the Bowling Birds to bounce, but they always return to their initial positions. However, the primates can knock down the Bowling Birds by rolling close by them. When it happens, they are thrown in the air, fall down in the background or foreground, and blow into feathers as soon as they touch the ground. If Donkey and/or Diddy Kong successfully roll over a complete set of Bowling Birds by the player using a single input, regular collectables will appear in the air above the set of enemies. The first two sets of five Bowling Birds can generate two Banana Coins. And the final set of nine Bowling Birds can make to appear a big Banana Bunch.

There are only nineteen of these enemies in both games. And unlike other regular enemies in the games, after they are defeated, Bowling Birds do not reappear if the player moves away from their location, and returns afterwards. It only happens by the player revisiting the level or replaying the section after losing an extra life.

Physical Appearance[]

Bowling Birds have white feathers and blue collars, and also have black eyes. They have long yellow beaks and have three white feathers sticking out of the top of their heads. They also have two wings, as they are birds.


  • Despite they do not harm the Kongs in the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Bowling Birds are still considered enemies.