The ostrich is the largest and heaviest bird in Africa and in the world for that matter. Ostriches do not fly, but they are able to cover large distances with both speed and stamina thanks to their powerful legs. Because of the Ostrich’s large size, this bird can be easily identified among wildlife and often share habitats with zebras, antelopes, and other herbivores.
Like nellieliz4 said, ostriches are the largest birds in the world and are native to Africa. These huge birds usually weigh between 200-300 pounds and can grow to be 7 feet tall. Also, they lay the largest eggs of any bird. One ostrich egg weighs around 3 pounds and equals a dozen chicken eggs.
The largest bird in Africa is the ostrich. The ostrich are a flightless bird and out of the 8,600 different species of birds today, the ostrich are the largest. These birds are known to mate for life and the mates share the job of incubating the eggs. The average egg is 6 inches long and 5 inches wide, weighing at 3 lbs. Eggs take approximately 30-45 days to hatch.
Ostriches are omnivores who have a lifespan of 30 to 40 years. They are not only the largest bird in africa but the largest birds in the world. The average height of the average ostrich is 7-9 feet and their average weight is 220 to 350 lbs.
In the wild, these birds roam the African Savanna and desert lands. Since they cannot fly these birds make up for that with their strong legs which make them fast runners. They can run up to 43 miles per hour and they run a distance of 31 miles in an hour. Their legs also serve as a weapon. Their kicks are so powerful that they have been know to kill humans and even lions with their kicks.
Ostriches live in herds which contain less than a dozen birds. In contradiction of popular beliefs, ostriches do not bury their heads in the sand. They will sometime lie low, pressing their necks to the ground to lay low and not be visible but they do not bury their heads in the sand. Their plumage often blends in with the sand and dirt so well that sometimes it appears that their head is buried.
Their diet consists of plants, roots, seeds, insects, lizards, and other creatures that are available in the harsh environments they sometime endure. Ostriches also interestingly enough, swallow numerous pebbles which help with the digestive process by grinding up the harder food in the gizzard.
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