The Ostrich (Struthio camelus) is the tallest and heaviest of all birds. Although the Ostrich has wings, it cannot fly at all and relies on running and walking only. They rely on their wings for balance, holding them outstretched when they run.Their legs are extremely strong and they use them for protection as well. If cornered, the ostrich will kick to kill. A wild Ostrich can live to be 30-40 years old.
• Ostriches can weigh more than 159 kilograms!
• They are very fast and can run over 64 kilometers.
• The ostrich does not actually bury its head in the soil. It looks this way from afar and thus the myth started from an optical illusion.
• Their eggs hatch after 40 days of incubation
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Ostriches live in Grasslands, deserts and sandy areas in Africa, and other areas surrounding grazing animals such as Wildebeest and Zebras. The grazing animals stir up insects for the Ostriches and the Ostriches warn the grazing animals when there is danger present.Ostriches are omnivorous and will eat meat from time to time such as lizards, insects and other small creatures. They also enjoy seeds, fruit, flowers and leaves. Ostriches never need to drink water because they produce it internally and they also get it from their food