Today I want to write about an amazing bird that is both huge and fast, the ostrich.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- They are the tallest and heaviest bird in the world. Males are larger than females and can grow up to 275 cm tall and weigh up to 156 kg. Ostriches also have the largest eyes of any land animal, measuring up to 5 cm across.
- They are the only bird in the world that has only two toes on each foot. The inner toe has a claw that can measure up to 10 cm long.
- They are the fastest runner of any bird in the world and have been measured at up to 70 kph. They also have great stamina which helps them to escape from predators such as lions, cheetahs, leopards, African hunting dogs and spotted hyenas.
- At breeding time, male ostriches scrape out a nest in the ground which is then used by more than one female to lay their eggs which can end up with 20 eggs in them. Females incubate the eggs during the day and males at night. The dads then do most of the chick raising, often defending the chicks from potential predators with their powerful kicks.
- Once found all over Africa, they are now restricted to southern and western Africa. There are also some feral populations in southern Australia that came from ostrich farms.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about ostriches?