The biggest living bird is the ostrich. Struthio camelus is its scientific name. The ostrich, unlike most other birds, cannot fly. It can, however, run very quickly. An ostrich can run at a speed of 45 miles per hour (72 kilometers per hour) to avoid humans and another meat-eating animal. Ostriches can be found in the wild in parts of Africa’s countryside. Ostriches are also raised for their poultry, eggs, and hides by some people.
Ostriches are large birds with long necks. Males can grow to be as tall as 8 feet (2.4 meters). Almost half of the height is made up of the waist. Females are slightly smaller than males.
The male ostrich has mainly black feathers with white feathers on the wings and tail. Females are predominantly brown in color. The head and neck of an ostrich are lightly coated in short feathers. The legs are sturdy and devoid of feathers. Each leg has two toes at the end. Ostriches have large brown eyes that are framed by thick lashes.
Ostriches graze on grasses and other plants with their small, thick bills. They even consume insects on occasion. They will go for long periods of time without drinking. The eggs of ostriches are the world’s largest eggs. They are 6 inches (15 centimeters) long and 5 inches (13 centimeters) wide on average. Ostrich chicks take about 40 days to hatch from their eggs.
The ostrich’s wings are so tiny that it can’t fly like other birds. It can, however, move quickly. The Ostrich protects itself against predators by kicking them. Could a horse or a man be harmed by a leg kick? The ostrich feeds on grass and leaves. The ostrich’s home country is AF-Rica. People can’t easily catch them because they run too fast. The ostrich feathers are extremely valuable. As a result, some people go hunting for their feathers. Ladies in European countries wear hats made of ostrich feathers.