Ostrich Facts

Ostrich Facts

Ostrich Facts
  • A female ostrich shows remarkable ability to recognize her own eggs even when mixed in with those of other females in their communal nest.
  • Ostriches are so powerful that a single kick at a predator, such as a lion, could be fatal.
  • Ostriches stretch out their neck and lay their head on the ground to keep from being seen, hence the myth that ostriches hide in the sand.
  • Ostrich is the largest and heaviest living bird. It is unable to fly and does not posses a keeled sternum (breastbone) common to most birds.
  • Ostriches can run up to 70km/hr(40 mph) and can outpace most pursuers, such as lions, leopards, and hyenas.
  • Ostriches do not bury their head in the sand.
  • When fully grown an ostrich has one of the most advanced immune systems known to mankind.
  • Ostriches have the best feed to weight ratio gain of any land animal in the world. They are successfully farmed in at least 50 countries; from the coldest climates of Alaska to the equatorial areas of central Africa.
  • Ostriches are not an endangered species; there are at least 2 million worldwide.
  • Ostrich meat resembles beef in its appearance and is cooked almost the same way.
  • Ostrich meat is a red meat and is very low in cholesterol, calories and is almost fat free.
  • Ostriches produce the strongest commercially available leather in the world and some of the most beautiful feathers.
  • Ostriches skeletons and fossils have been found which date back over 120 million years; ostriches are a true dinosaur.
  • There are 3 main species of ostriches of which only one, the Struthio Camelus Domesticus (the African Black), is found in captivity.
  • Ostriches cannot fly.
  • The ostrich is a member of the ratite family of birds.
  • One ostrich egg equals up to 24 chicken eggs. And it takes approximately 2 hours to boil!
  • The ostrich has two toes on each feet which gives it greater speed.
  • The fastest running bird is the Ostrich, which has been clocked at 97.5 kilometers per hour.
  • Ostriches stick their heads in the sand to look for water.
  • An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
  • When fully grown an ostrich has one of the most advanced immune systems known to mankind.
  • An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
  • Ostriches have the best feed to weight ratio gain of any land animal in the world. They Ostriches stick their heads in the sand to look for water.
  • On ostrich's egg weighs 3 1/2 pounds.
  • The largest egg laid by a living bird is that of the North African Ostrich. It is 6 to 8 inches in length and 4 to 6 inches in diameter. The smallest is that of the hummingbird. It is less than 0.39 inches in diameter.
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