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Common ostrich

Animals in Africa

The Ostrich is the largest flightless bird on the planet, however it can run up to 70 km/h with its strong and long legs.   


The ostrich is the biggest bird on earth. Its head, neck and legs are featherless and just like other birds in the ratite group, it cannot fly. The ostrich's advantage lies in its very strong legs, with which it can run up to 70 km/h. It has two toes on each foot, with a sharp nail on the larger, inner one. It can easily injure a fully grown lion with these strong legs and feet. 

Ostriches do have big eyes and a really good sight. Their eyes are in fact so big that their brain only fills out half of the heads space. The brain is no bigger than a walnut with a weight of 40 g. It uses half of its brain capacity in processing visual impression.

Sometimes, when the ostrich is resting, you will see it laying on the ground with its neck and head stretched out. Some people believe that ostriches stick their heads in the ground, when frightened. In reality they would run away as fast as they can.

An ostrich hen is grey and brown while the roosters have black feathers with a white undersite and tail. During the breeding season, both hens and roosters are digging a few nests in the sandy ground where all hens of the same herd will lay their eggs. A nest can therefore contain between 15 - 60 eggs. An ostrich egg is about 15 cm long, 12,5 cm wide and weighs 1 kg. Both males and females are breeding the eggs, which will hatch after 40 days.

Ostriches are known for their "kindergartens". The hens will collectively take care of the small chicken.        

Common ostrich

  • Weight

    90-130 kg
  • Food

    Grass, seeds, leafs, lizards and grasshoppers
  • Lifespan

    50 years
  • Height

    1,9 - 2,7 m
  • Wingspan

    Ca. 2 m

"...Did you know that the ostrich has a top speed of 70 km/h?"

Common ostrich

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