All About The Ostrich

1st January 2013

They use their wings as "rudders" to help them change direction while running.

The Ostrich has the largest eyes of any land animal. Its eye measures almost 2 in (5 cm) across.

Ostriches are the tallest and heaviest birds in the world but the ostrich cannot fly.

The ostrich does not hide their head in the sand - to avoid being seen they lay their heads on the ground.

Ostriches have one of the most advanced immune systems known

Weight: 220 to 350 lbs (100 to 160 kg)

Height: 7 to 9 ft (2.1 to 2.7 m)

Habitat: Open, dry grasslands.

Lifespan: 30 - 40 Years

Speed: They can sprint up to 43 miles (70 kilometers) per hour and run over distances at 31 miles (50 kilometers) per hour.

Diet: the Ostrich are omnivores.

The ostrich can cover 10-16 feet (3 to 5 meters) in a single stride!

The collective name for a group is a flock.

Males are called cocks.

Females are called hens.

The names given to babies are chicks.

The ostrich is one of of a group of flightless, running Birds(called ratites) that includes the Ostrich Kiwi and Emu.

The Ostrich has been evaluated and is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as 'Least Concern' and as such they do not qualify as Endangered, Threatened or Near Threatened species'