Sammy the ostrich

common nameconservation status
 Common ostrich Least Concern (LC)
scientific namesize
 Struthio camelus ♂ 2.1-2.8 m (6 ft 11 in to 9 ft 2 in)
♀ 1.7 to 2.0 m (5 ft 7 in to 6 ft 7 in)
familyweigh
Struthionidae♂♀ 63-145 kg (139–320 lb)
orderlifespan
Struthioniformes 40 years
class gestation period
Aves 39-42 days of incubation.
 population diet
This species is commonThey are herbivores, but some authors consider them omnivores. They mainly eat flowers and fruits, but also leaves, little animals and even stones that aid their digestion (an adult ostrich can carry 1 kg of stones in its stomach).
habitatrange
 They live in semiarid areas with a wide temperature range (from -15 to 40 °C)Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenia, Uganda, Tanzania, Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Did you know...

1.

Ostriches are the worlds largest and heaviest living birds, so they can not fly. But they are fast runners.

 

2.

It is the world’s fastest two-legged animal and the third of all species, after the cheetah and the pronghorn antelope. They can keep a speed of 70 km/h (43.5 mph) for up to 30 minutes without stopping.

 

3.

The egg of an ostrich weighs 1-2 kg (2.2-4.4 lb) and is equal to approximately 24 chicken eggs.

 

4.

It is the only living bird that secretes urine separately from feces.

 

5.

Unlike most birds, the ostrich has only two toes on each foot.

 

6.

The wings of this animal have a wingspan of around 2 m (6.5 ft). They use them for several things like mating rituals, keep chicks in the shade, cover the featherless skin of the upper legs and keep the warmth and/or change direction while running.

7.

These animals spend the Winter in pairs or alone, but they join other ostriches during the mating season, forming groups led by a female which live together with other animals, like zebras and antelopes.

 

8.

Only one pair in the group takes care of the chicks of all ostriches. Even pairs with more than 100 chicks have been seen.

 

9.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not true that ostriches bury their head. They can lay their head flat on the ground in an attempt to be better camouflaged when they feel threatened. From a distance, that can give the appearance that they have buried their heads.

 

10.

Their legs are a powerful defense mechanism. Armed with strong claws, they can seriously injure their enemies, and their legs can only kick forwards.

 

11.

Ostrich feathers look like they are made of hair. Unlike most bird’s feathers, they hang loose and separate from one another.

 

12.

Ostrich fossils have been found and studies show that this animal dates back 50 million years, making it a “living fossil” on earth.

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