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Ostrich

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The Ostrich is the largest and strongest of living birds, attaining a height from head to toe of about 2.4 m and a weight of between 63-105kg. They cannot fly but are fast runners, reaching speeds of up to 40mph. They spread their small wings when running and have long, powerful legs that are used for defence. They have evolved a cloven hoof consisting of only two toes. Ostrich do not need to drink – they make their own water internally and get the rest from vegetation. They swallow stones to aid digestion.

Ostrich lay their eggs in communal nests over a three week period. Thus, a clutch of about 25 eggs is laid in the nest, a shallow scrape, which has been made by the male. The eggs weigh up to 1.5 kg,. Their shell is 2 mm thick. The volume is equivalent to about 20 - 24 hens' eggs.

 

Conservation Status: IUCN listed Least Concern
 

For more information on this bird please visit the WAZA website: http://www.waza.org/en/zoo/choose-a-species/birds/ostrich-emu-rhea-and-relatives-ratides/ostrich/struthio-camelus
 

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