Bird

Ostrich

Area: 
Eastern, central, and southern Africa, and the Sahara Desert
Habitat: 
Grasslands and desert
Food: 
insects, seeds, leaves, roots, and small reptiles
Size: 
Up to 9 feet tall
Babies: 
Chicks follow their parents just a few days after they hatch.
The liquid inside 1 ostrich egg is equal to about 24 chicken eggs.
Born to Run

The ostrich is the largest living birdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly.. It cannot fly because it is too heavy, but it has long, thick, strong legs that can carry this big birdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly. great distances without much effort. When danger threatens, an ostrich escapes by running away. It can run at a top speed of 43 miles per hour for a short distance, but can keep up a pace of about 30 miles per hour for a good amount of time. This big birdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly. can also defend itself with the 4-inch claw on each foot. A kick from an ostrich is powerful enough to kill a lion!

 

Ostriches like to live in groups, called flocks. Some flocks contain just 2 to 3 birds, but most have around 10 members. Each group has a pecking order, with a dominant male that sets up and defends a territory. Among the flockA group of birds or mammals. For example: a flock of sheep; a flock of ducks’s females, one is the top birdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly. or “main hen.” All the females lay their eggs in one nest.

 

Have you heard that ostriches bury their heads in the sand? That’s a myth, but here's the real story: When an ostrich sensesBody parts that receive messages and send them to the brain; the eyes, ears, skin, nose, and tongue are sensory organs. danger and cannot run away, it drops and lies still with its head and neck flat on the ground in front of it. Because the head and neck are lightly colored, they blend in with the color of the soil. From a distance, it looks like the ostrich has hidden its head underground.