Donkey Kong Wiki

Expresso's artwork from Donkey Kong Country.

Species Ostrich
Homeland Donkey Kong Island

Allies Kong Family
Enemies Kremlings
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country
"He can't really fly, but Expresso the ostrich can flutter about."
Cranky Kong

Expresso is an Animal Buddy in Donkey Kong Country. He can slightly fly and is faster than the Kongs. He made his debut in Donkey Kong Country, though has not been seen in many cases after. "Expresso II" is also supposedly related to him, bearing name and appearance in the Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country 2.

Donkey Kong Series

Donkey Kong Country/Land

Expresso appears as an Animal Buddy in a few levels. Expresso cannot attack the foe, nor can the Kongs when riding Expresso, but Expresso is still useful. He can fly to a small extent, allowing him to reach very secretive areas not even see able by Kongs. Expresso is also quite tall, allowing him to walk over smaller foes, such as Klaptraps. Lastly, Expresso can run faster and fly overhead overall faster than the Kongs and other Animal Buddies.

Expresso returns in Donkey Kong Land alongside Rambi the Rhinoceros as the two Animal Buddies of the game. Expresso is mainly found in bonus games in this game. Expresso also has been majorly upgraded to not only deal with regular enemies, but even handle Zingers.

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

Expresso, unfortunately, does not make a return in the SNES version of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. However, in the Game Boy Advance remake of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, an alternate Expresso, named "Expresso II", is featured in a mini-game in the Monkey Museum. Why Expresso is called "Expresso II" is not confirmed, as it could be that the old Expresso of Donkey Kong Country either passed away and was replaced, or had a baby. Expresso II needs to be upgraded with feathers collectible in Donkey Kong Country 2's levels and can get more Power, Speed, Acceleration, or Boost to be utilized in the racing mini-game.

Donkey Kong 64

He is mentioned in the game's manual. Cranky (from whose point of view the manual is written) expresses hope that Expresso, along with Winky, will appear in the game as opposed to Rambi. Contrary to this, Rambi appears in the game while Expresso does not.

Donkey Kong Racing

Expresso appeared in one of the trailers for the canceled racing game Donkey Kong Racing. It is unconfirmed if he was actually rideable.

Diddy Kong Pilot

Expresso makes a cameo in the Desert


Expresso makes a cameo in Banjo-Pilot on Jinxy's Dunes.


"Donkey Kong in: Banana Day 24"

In the Club Nintendo comic "Donkey Kong in: Banana Day 24", Expresso is ridden by Diddy and Dixie to an airport.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Expresso makes a cameo as a collectible trophy in the game Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and this has been his latest appearance.

Trophy description:
An ostrich friend with sneakers on both feet. Riding Expresso allows for high-speed dashing. As an ostrich, Expresso can't fly, but rapid button pressing can put extra distance on his jumps. This can be used to help Donkey Kong reach distant places.
  • Donkey Kong Country

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Expresso appears as a spirit in game where he can increase the player's move speed.


Donkey Kong Country

Donkey Kong Land