Stilts are uncommon enemies found in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. They are encountered only in the Ruins world levels and already can be seen in the first level, Wonky Waterway.
Stilts are bird-like enemies that use their namesake stilts to get around. This defining characteristic of the enemy is presumably made of plant material, possibly bamboo. Other well-known features of Stilts include their white and orange feathers and their pink skin, which is left exposed due to not being covered by plumage. They also have a red waddle, like a chicken or a turkey. They have a mow hawk on their heads made of their own feathers. They also have white tufts of feathers near the top of their stilts. Two digits are at the bottom of the stilts as well.
Stilts are a step up from your average enemy, such as Awks. They will usually not try to attack the Kongs, but their size combined with their speed make them a noteworthy foe. To defeat a Stilt, the player must jump on its head or roll into it first. That will knock it off of its stilts and cause its feathers to fall off. It will start to run around rampantly after that. The player must jump on their head or roll into them once again and they will be defeated.
In some occasions, featherless Stilts will appear. To defeat them, the player only needs to jump or roll once into them.