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This article is about the enemy from Super Mario Land. For a Pinball Part in Pinball and VS. Pinball also referred to as a "chicken", see Chick. For the item in the Super Smash Bros. series, see List of Super Smash Bros. series items § Cucco.
Character artwork of a Chicken from Super Mario Land.
First appearance Super Mario Land (1989)

Chickens[1][2] are helmet-clad birds in Super Mario Land. They soar through the final level of the game aiding Biokinton, in the Chai Kingdom (World 4-3). They are war birds kept by Tatanga.[1]

They are also shot out by the shy cloud Biokinton. If Mario does not destroy a Chicken before it comes near the Sky Pop, it will swerve to hit him. However, if they are shot and defeated, Mario is rewarded with an extra 400 points.

In the Super Mario Land manga, Chickens only appears during Biokinton's battle. The boss releases them onto Mario, but they just perch on the Sky Pop without attacking. Furious at his useless minions, Tatanga takes off with the Pagosu and shoots at Mario, hitting and killing Biokinton in the process and scaring the Chickens away.


Super Mario Land[edit]

  • Instruction booklet: A war bird kept by Tatanga, Chicken meanders and glides towards Mario. One missile will defeat it.
  • 3DS Virtual Console manual: A war bird kept by Tatanga, Chicken meanders and glides through the air toward Mario. It can be defeated with one missile.

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族 フライ族
性格 好戦的
登場ゲーム ランド1

Tribe: Fly clan
Disposition: Belligerent
Game appearances: Land 1
Shoot them down with missiles!
A bird bred by the space monster Tatanga for combat. It appears in the shooting mode of Mario Land. It is not scary because it can be easily dodged and can be defeated with a missile shot.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese チッキン[4]
Dutch Kip[5] Chicken
French Chicken[6] -
German Chicken -
Italian Pollo[7] Chicken
Spanish Pollo Chicken


  1. ^ a b Super Mario Land English instruction booklet, page 17.
  2. ^ M. Arakawa. Nintendo Game Boy Player's Guide. Page 5.
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 1994.「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten), page 109.
  4. ^ Super Mario Land Japanese instruction booklet, page 20.
  5. ^ Club Nintendo (Netherlands) Classic, page 9.
  6. ^ Super Mario Land French instruction booklet, page 17.
  7. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 47