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Very good at running, reaching speeds of up to 50 km/h

The world’s largest living bird although it is flightless

Ostrich has only two toes on its feet. When pecking at the vegetation, it is vulnerable to predators including lions, and lifts its head often to check for danger.

Females and males share incubation equally, with the female doing it during the day and the male at night. In fact the male's black plumage makes him easier to make out during the day from great distances, while that of the female, which is dull brown, provides camouflage. They look after their eggs as well as those laid by other females in the same nest.

The ostrich you are looking at originates from Kenya. However, there are 3 sub-species living in different African countries, which include Senegal, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Sudan, as well as South Africa.

  • Habitat

    Arid exposed areas in Africa

  • Food

    Shoots, flowers, leaves and seeds.

Did you know ?

The ostrich egg is the largest bird egg, as well as the smallest in proportion to the size of the bird.

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