|“||Burt is a powerhouse. He can carry quite a load even while flying!”|
|— Bronto Burt's Cast Description • Kirby's Epic Yarn|
They usually come in groups of 3 to 5, and attack in flocks, usually in a formation such as a zigzag, "V", or a vertical line. Some Bronto Burts will chase after Kirby trying to run into him, some just take off and fly away very fast when Kirby gets near, out of fear. Some stand on ground and then attack or fly straight ahead when Kirby comes too close. Just like Waddle Dee is the most common enemy on the ground, Bronto Burt is the most common enemy in the air. Also like Waddle Dee, most of Bronto Burt's behavior remains the same throughout the series.
Bronto Burts are pink spherical enemies with small, fly-like wings and orange or yellow feet. In their earlier appearances, their ability to fly suggests that they are either insects or birds, and Bronto Burt's trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl confirms that they are birds. They have mouths similar to Kirby's and their eyes usually appear to be scowling. Like other Kirby enemies, they sometimes are found in other colors, too. On the cover of Kirby's Dream Land, they were red, suggesting they were originally supposed to be red.
Bronto Burts usually fly around aimlessly, rarely showing much hostility towards Kirby. However, there are a few Bronto Burts that, when approached, will attempt to ram into whoever is nearby. At other times, Bronto Burts may fly away if one gets close to them.
Bronto Burt appears in almost every Kirby game with similar attack patterns in each one.
Bronto Burts fly in various formations that can be difficult to avoid; especially in later levels where they tend to dart in from off-screen faster than Kirby can react. In Extra Game, they are replaced by the tougher Koozer.
Bronto Burts are almost the same as in Kirby's Dream Land, but there are now ones that fly after Kirby, chasing him in some areas. They can either be intercepted and defeated before they get to Kirby, or avoided until they give up and fly away.
In a few areas, Bronto Burt will suddenly drop out of the sky randomly and may land on Kirby if he is not careful.
Bronto Burt is an ally of Kirby during the day who helps him get back on the course if he goes out of bounds. During the night, Bronto Burt is replaced by Flapper.
Bronto Burt is the second opponent in the learning stage. This is the dialogue with him:
- Bronto Burt: "Ah HA!!! I have found my next victim!"
- Kirby: "Bronto Burt you bully, the pleasure will be all mine!"
- Bronto Burt: "Shut up and play!"
Bronto Burts act as they usually do, though some fly at Kirby from the background as he passes. When Kirby lifts Bronto Burt above his head after having inhaled him, he will fly upwards for a few seconds, and then fly back down until Kirby lands. Two Bronto Burts also appear in a mid-boss battle against a giant Sawyer in Stage 1 of Ripple Star.
This is Bronto Burt's only appearance without a mouth.
Bronto Burts reappear in the game Kirby Air Ride. They behave very similar to their past game appearances. Most Bronto Burts just stay airborne in one location, although a few may follow Kirby. They appear in the Kirby Melee stadium and in the Air Ride mode in various levels, most notably Beanstalk Park and Fantasy Meadows.
With the Ghost ability, Kirby is able to possess any Bronto Burt he finds, allowing it to be a partially playable character for a limited period of time. While possessed by Ghost Kirby, Bronto Burt can fly almost anywhere, but is only able to ram into enemies to attack; this can be somewhat helpful, though, for it flies at a moderate pace and is capable of defeating two or three enemies before facing its own demise.
Bronto Burts also appear in Kirby's Epic Yarn, behaving the same way as past appearances. Some Bronto Burts fly in the air while holding an explosive rocket, and will drop it when Kirby gets near it. Sometimes they carry spear Waddle Dees. When wrapped up into a yarn ball, it gives a single homing projectile when thrown.
Bronto Burts appear in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. They don't carry any special abilities in this game, but they sometimes follow Kirby. There is a unique type of Bronto Burt encountered only in the fight with Whispy Woods. When Whispy drops apples and enemies from his leaves above Kirby, Bronto Burt may drop. He will slowly flutter down and then begin slowly walking on the ground, much like a Waddle Dee. Additionally, there is a breed of Bronto Burt that exists in Halcandra.
Bronto Burt is first introduced in Cookie Country. He also appears in the Sword, Whip, Hi-Jump, Water, and Wing Challenges, and his Halcandran form appears in the Item Challenge. He appears in the New Challenge Stages in Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition as well. He appears in the Sword, Parasol, Spark, and Whip Challenges, as well as Magolor Race 3 and EX. His Halcandran form appears in the Normal Challenge, Magolor Race 3, and EX.
Bronto Burt's behavior has not changed much from Kirby's Return to Dream Land, though some rush out at Kirby from the background. Some of these enemies hide behind grass in the background, then dart out at Kirby as he passes, similarly to the attack in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. In Royal Road, an insect variant of Bronto Burt is introduced.
In Kirby: Planet Robobot, most Bronto Burts have been turned into cyborgs by the Haltmann Works Company. Aside from the Kirby 3D Rumble sub-game, regular Bronto Burts only appear in the Ability Testing Area and a secret room found in Stage 8 of Access Ark. Bronto Burt behaves like it does in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. Some of these enemies carry bombs that they drop when Kirby approaches--these bombs yield the Bomb ability when inhaled.
Bronto Burt appears in this game. Debuting in this game, there are also blue, more aggressive variants of Bronto Burts that home in on Kirby if he is spotted and a more resistant variant called Bronto Knights that can only be defeated by using a Star Dash or Invincibility Candy.
Bronto Burt hovers in place, flies slowly forward, or rushes quickly. In EX stages, purple and blue Bronto Burts appear, as do the insect variants. Like most enemies in the game, scaled-up versions of the creature appear that can be Inhaled for a Blaster Bullet.
Bronto Burt appears as an enemy during the game's prologue, making him the only enemy outside of the 10 game modes. Additionally, a Bronto Burt wearing a referee hat appears in Slam Hockey. He puts Kirbys back in play when they are knocked out of the arena.
Bronto Burt returns as an enemy in Kirby Star Allies.
In the Super Smash Bros. series
Bronto Burt appears as an enemy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS’s Smash Run mode. When the player is in the vicinity, he slowly follows him/her. When he's close enough, he hits the player with his wing. This attack does little damage but has high launching power.
|“||This flying pest can be a threat if he gets too close. We're confused as to why he's named Bronto because he doesn't look anything like a brontosaurus.”|
|— Description • Nintendo Power (Volume #39)|
|“||A full time bully who needs to be taught a lesson or two. Luckily, he is not a good Avalanche player.”|
|— • The Cast of Characters|
|“||These insect-like critters either fly toward you from a distance or try to block your path. They don't have an attack aside from flying up and down in your way.”|
|— Description • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Official Strategy Guide (Prima)|
|“||A bird that looks a lot like Kirby. Bronto Burt has clear wings that he uses to busily flutter around the skies of Dream Land. He will pull off sudden dive bombs on occasion, and although he has no ill will toward Kirby, Bronto Burt will sometimes collide with the pink hero if he gets in the way. You should be especially careful of these collisions.”|
|— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. Brawl|
|“||These pink, winged enemies come from the Kirby series. In Smash Run, there are three different types floating around: one that flees when a fighter approaches, one that flies sideways, and one that chases fighters. Their spinning attack is weak, but it can cause knock-back if it lands repeatedly.”|
|— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS|
|“||Bronto Burts fly around and try to hit you with their spin attack. The attack doesn't do much damage but has high launching power.”|
|— Tips • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS|
Bronto is possibly derived from the Greek brontē, meaning "thunder." This may refer to either their speed in the air (though this is unlikely, considering "Bronto" refers to thunder, not lightning), the sound their wings make (also unlikely), or simply their aerial nature. Burt is likely a given name chosen only for its alliteration with Bronto.
- The Prima strategy guide for Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards is flawed; it states that Bronto Burts are almost insectile.
- In Kirby's Avalanche, his AI is used by Nasu Grave in Puyo Puyo.
- The credits for Kirby's Dream Land misspell Bronto Burt as "Bront Burt". This is likely due to Romanization issues or the amount of space available for text on the Game Boy.