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Gourdfeather family

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The gourdfeather family is a family of avians introduced in Pikmin 4. It contains only one member, the Waddlequaff. All members of this family belong to the Sluppus genus.



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Main article: Waddlequaff.

The Waddlequaff is bird-like enemy first found in the Blossoming Arcadia in Pikmin 4. They have a cream feathered body with two wings of the same color, and a long pink beak which is always open. Waddlequaffs use their beak to suck in objects and prey and must be defeated to retrieve that which has been swallowed.


The family's name, gourdfeather, is a combination of two words, gourd and feather. The word gourd is in relation to the shape of the Waddlequaff's body as it look very similar to that of the shape of some gourds. The word feather is evidently pointing towards the fact that it is a bird and has feathers covering its body.

The family's genus, Sluppus, contains slup, which most likely came from the word slurp. Slurp means 'to sip or swallow greedily and noisily', which could be in relation to the way the Waddlequaff sucks up items and swallows them.

Names in other languages[edit]

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Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese ヒサゴドリ科?
Hisago dori ka
Gourd bird family
Flag of France French gourdoplumes From "gourde" (gourd) and "plumes" (feathers)
Flag of Germany German Saugschnäbler Suckbill
Flag of South Korea Korean 호리병새 과
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Ornitobobrídeo From "ornito-" (ornitho-, relating to birds) and "abóbora" (pumpkin)