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First appearance Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (2004)
Latest appearance New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (2008)
Banana Heli Bird

Helibirds are Jungle Buddies found in Donkey Kong Jungle Beat. They are a group of birds who carry Donkey Kong to higher places, similar to Squawks in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!. Helibirds make frequent appearances, mostly in tree areas. Their name appears to be a portmanteau of "helicopter" and "bird." They come in various colors, such as blue, purple, green, red, yellow, and black.

Donkey Kong first meets Helibirds in their nest. On two occasions, Helibirds are shown with the ability to race. In Chopperbird Race, Donkey Kong and some Helibirds have to race Chopperbird. In Helibird Dash, Donkey Kong has an air race with a group of Ninjapes, each of whom has its own Helibird of a different color. A Helibird delivers Donkey Kong to his battle with the Cactus King and Ghastly King.

Helibirds make additional appearances in Donkey Kong: Jungle Fever and Donkey Kong: Banana Kingdom. A Helibird trophy can be obtained in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.


Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

  • Trophy
    • Helibird
    • GCN Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
    • A bird that helps Donkey Kong by carrying him with its feet and flying up to higher areas. These beautiful birds feature big, decorated wings and unique coloring. A certain Strawberry Kingdom is home to a Helibird nest populated only by Helibirds.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヘリバード
Derived from "helicopter" and "bird"
Italian Uccellottero Bird-copter