Ostriches can’t fly.
There were Arabian Ostriches. Unfortunately, they were hunted to extinction in the mid-twentieth century.
They use their wings like’rudders’ of a plane to change direction whilst running.
Ostriches can weigh up to 130 kilograms (20 stone).
The ostrich has a diet of plants and insects.
They are group birds. Flocks vary between 5-50 ostriches.
If at risk an ostrich will either run away or lay flat on the ground. But, they can also attack with a powerful kick. Strong enough to kill a lion!
They do not bury their heads in the sand. This is a myth!
The barbules in the feathers behave like’fingers’ to collect dust particles.
Ostriches have the biggest eyes of any land animal. Very useful for spotting predators in the distance. Their eyes are bigger than their brains!
The ostrich has a lifespan of around 45 years.
In a communal nest, a female ostrich can still spot her own eggs. The dominant female gets to lay her eggs .
The incubation period for their eggs varies between 35-45 days.
Evidence comes from a fossil found in Europe.
Males control a territory of around 20 square kilometers (8 square miles).
Ostriches don’t have any teeth. They consume pebbles to grind down food in their gizzards. There are approximately 1kg of pebbles inside an ostrich stomach!
Ostriches raised by humans will often attempt to court them!
Apparently, the taste of ostrich meat is similar to beef.
In some cultures people have ostrich races where they ride them like horses.
A good deal of ostrich facts that you realised you wanted to know!