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In-Game Model of Fluzzard
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
“You flew! You flew! Even Fluzzard looks happy! Happy!”
Jibberjay, Super Mario Galaxy 2
A screenshot of  Mario riding Fluzzard through the Wild Glide Galaxy.
Mario riding on Fluzzard

Fluzzard is a shy bird character that appears in Super Mario Galaxy 2. His name is a portmanteau of "fly" and "buzzard." He appears in only two galaxies: the Wild Glide Galaxy and the Fleet Glide Galaxy. In both galaxies, Mario (or Luigi) must participate in the Fluzzard gliding minigame, during which Fluzzard acts as a form of transportation for the player. As such, gliding with Fluzzard is the only way to progress through these two galaxies.

Fluzzard is found at the beginning of the level, and an orange Jibberjay tells Mario that Fluzzard is very shy and cannot fly very well, but he can glide. The Jibberjay then notices that Fluzzard seems to be OK with Mario and asks Mario if he will fly with Fluzzard. The Jibberjay then gives Mario a tutorial on controlling Fluzzard and tells him to try to fly through the big sun circle at the end of the race. After Mario completes the race, the Jibberjay gives him a Power Star. Fluzzard later reappears in the Fleet Glide Galaxy and flies again with Mario. After Mario completes the initial races in both galaxies, Fluzzard can race the Black Jibberjay to see who is faster.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese グライバード
Portmanteau of "glide" and "bird"

Chinese 滑翔鳥
Huáxiáng Niǎo
Gliding Bird

French Araplane
Portmanteau of ara ("macaw") and planer ("to glide"); also a pun on aéroplane ("airplane")
German Tuku-Gleiter
Combination of Tuku-Tukan ("Jibberjay") and Gleiter ("glider")
Italian Alapinta
Painted Wing
Korean 글라이버드
Transliteration of Japanese name

Spanish Guacaplano
Portmanteau of guacamayo ("macaw") and aeroplano ("airplane")


  • The Loftwing from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword resembles Fluzzard in some ways, since they both have a similar color scheme, sounds, and controls.
  • When Mario or Luigi collects a Green Star while gliding with Fluzzard, Fluzzard suddenly vanishes, leaving behind a few pink and green feathers while the brother gets the Star.