Bowling birds are a species of bowling pin-shaped dodos in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. They appear only in the level Blowhole Bound, where three separate flocks can be encountered on the same island as the checkpoint booth. They are harmless, and the Kongs can roll into them like a bowling ball to take them out. If a flock of bowling birds is taken out entirely with a single roll attack, the player is rewarded an item: the two flocks closest to the checkpoint booth produce a Banana Coin each, while the one further ahead nets a bunch of 10 bananas instead. If the Kongs pound the ground around bowling birds, they tremble.
Names in other languages
- Knight, Michael. Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide. Page 54. "Roll through the bowling birds to get some more Coins."
- 「ドンキーコングリターンズ任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Donkey Kong Returns Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook). Page 22.