|First appearance||Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (1996)|
|Latest appearance||Donkey Kong Country 3 (GBA) (2005)|
- “You are too generous, Kongs. Here, have this Bananus Goldus Flutterus. Err uh.. I meant Banana Bird!”
- —Bramble, Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Banana Birds (scientific name according to Bramble: Bananus Goldus Flutterus) are a species of birds who are made out of partially peeled bananas. Banana Birds first appear in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!. They are the children of the Banana Queen, whom the Banana Birds were separated from during the events of the game, and Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong must collect the Banana Birds and reunite them with the Banana Queen.
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Banana Birds have an essential role in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!. A Banana Bird can usually be obtained from a secret cave, where the player must play a memory game and copy the order in which the four crystals flash. If done correctly, a Banana Bird gets released from the crystal at the top of the ceiling. A few of the Banana Birds can be obtained from a Brother Bear. In the Game Boy Advance remake, Dixie and Kiddy can earn a Banana Bird from Funky Kong, Swanky Kong and Cranky Kong if the player completes their respective minigames.
Three of the Banana Birds can obtained with the Gyrocopter, by flying to their respective secret caves. After rescuing every Banana Bird and defeating Baron K. Roolenstein in the Knautilus, the Kongs must visit Wrinkly's Save Cave (or Wrinkly's Retreat in the Game Boy Advance remake) to have the Banana Birds fly to the Banana Queen, taking the Kongs with them. It is revealed that K. Roolenstein had cursed them, causing the babies to be imprisoned in crystal and the mother behind an evil barrier. All of the Banana Birds sing, which causes the barrier to break.
In Donkey Konga, many Banana Birds hop around the lower part of the screen while Donkey Kong plays a song. They only act as scenery and have no in-game effect. Banana Birds appear in every musical performance mode ("Street Performance", "Challenge", and "Jam Session"). Only a few hop around the screen in "Jam Session".
Banana Birds are not featured in multiplayer mode, as the bottom portion is reserved for the second player (Diddy Kong).
Banana Bird locations
- Bounty Beach – Northern Kremisphere overworld, near Funky's Rentals.
- Kong Cave – Northern Kremisphere overworld, north of Bazaar's General Store, behind several rocks.
- Undercover Cove – Northern Kremisphere overworld, north of the waterfall near Kong Cave.
- Belcha's Burrow – Northern Kremisphere overworld, southwest of Bazaar's General Store, across the water. Gyrocopter required.
- K's Kache – Northern Kremisphere overworld, on the island in the northwestern lake. Gyrocopter required.
- Hill-Top Hoard – Northern Kremisphere overworld, far northeast cliff. Gyrocopter required.
- Smuggler's Cove – Lake Orangatanga, along the northern beach.
- Arich's Hoard – Kremwood Forest. Once Brash's record is beaten in Riverside Race, he will throw a tantrum, revealing the entrance across from Bobbing Barrel Brawl.
- Bounty Bay – Cotton Top Cove, slightly northeast from Bazza's Blockade.
- Sky-High Secret – Mekanos, get Big Bessie working again to enter it.
- Glacial Grotto – K3, west of Blizzard's Basecamp.
- Clifftop Cache – Razor Ridge, via Björn's Chairlifts.
- Sewer Stockpile – Kaos Kore, behind the grate. Decode Baffle's clue to enter.
- Owned by Barnacle. Trade him the shell for it.
- Owned by Bramble. Trade him the Flupperius Petallus Pongus for it.
There are also five more Banana Birds that were added to the Game Boy Advance remake.
- Whirlpool Wreck – Pacifica, swim north of Barbos's Barrier.
- Owned by Bachelor. Trade him the box of chocolates and the Rose for it.
- Owned by Funky Kong. Complete all four of his minigames to earn it.
- Owned by Cranky Kong. Clear his challenge once to earn it.
- Owned by Swanky Kong. Clear his challenge once to earn it.
Additionally, K's Kache has been relocated to a clifftop in the Northwest section of the Northern Kremisphere, as the Turbo Ski is capable of reaching the northwest lake in the Game Boy Advance remake.
Names in other languages
Little banana bird