Ostrich is the large flightless bird native to Africa. It is the beautiful bird thieving in this planet. Their habitat comprises of woodlands, hot and dry savannas of Africa. Ostrich can tolerate the wide range of temperature. In natural habit, ostrich lives in proximately with other herbivorous animals like zebras, wildebeest, antelopes, etc.
Ostrich defense against the predator by hiding, running and its powerful kick. Ostrich can only able to kick forward. Ostrich differs from other birds in the sense that they excrete the urine and feces separately. Ostrich gets the water from the leaves but occasionally drink the water when approached nears the waterholes.
Ostrich is raised in the commercial farm due to its immense benefit. Due to the multiple uses of the ostrich-like the meat, eggs feather and leather especially the skin. The meat of the ostrich has the low content of the fat and rich in protein and iron so widely consumed around the globe.
Facts about Ostrich
Ostrich has the amazing speed of more than 70 kilometers in one hour. It is due to the fast speed ostrich are often recognized as the fastest two-legged animals.
The predominant diet of the Ostrich comprises of plant matter. It occasionally eats the invertebrates.
Ostrich lives in the nomadic group and the number of group member ranges from 5 to 50 birds.
The weight of the ostrich can be up to 145 kilograms. The weight of the captive ostrich is higher than the wild one.
Ostrich has the longer lifespan that is 45 years of age. The captive ostrich lives higher than the wild variety.
6. Sexual Dimorphism
Male is taller than female. Male and female can attain the height of 2.8 and 2.0 meters respectively. Pinkish gray skin in the thighs and neck indicates female.
The territory of the ostrich can vary from 2 to 20 square kilometers defended by the dominant male.
8. Stone in Stomach
Like other birds, there is the more than one-kilogram stone in gizzard that aids in the digestion of the food.
The nest of the ostrich is three meters wide and sixty centimeter deep.
10. Ostrich Egg
Ostrich egg is twenty times that of chicken and weighs around 1.5 kilograms. The incubation period is 35 to 45 days.
Newly hatched chick reach the height of parents merely at the age of six months. Sexual maturity of the ostrich is reached at the age of 2 to 4 years old. Female reaches the sexual maturity faster than male.