Found across Africa’s hot savannahs and open woodland, the ostrich is the world’s largest bird. It stands up to a massive 8.5ft tall and weighs as much as 350lbs – that’s around 3 feet taller than the average man, and the weight of two men combined! This flightless bird has a long, bare neck, long, sturdy legs and a bulky body covered with feathers. Males and females have different colored feathers – males sport black plumage with a white tail, and females are mostly brown. Both sexes have small heads, a short, wide beak and big brown eyes protected by long dark lashes.
Ostriches have huge eyes that are bigger than their brains! This gives them excellent eyesight. The ostrich might not be able to fly, but boy can it run! Using its long legs, powerful thighs and strong feet, this big bird can cover fifteen feet in a single stride and reach speeds of over 43 miles per hour! When zooming along at such mega speeds, it holds out its short wings to help it balance.
Read more about the Ostrich in today's Visit the Wildside!
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