FAQ

Here you can find many questions and their answers that we are often asked.

  • Do Ostriches bury their heads in the sand?
  • Ostriches don’t bury their head in the sand—they wouldn’t be able to breathe! But they do dig holes in the dirt to use as nests for their eggs. Several times a day, a bird puts her head in the hole and turns the eggs. So it really does look like the birds are burying their head in the sand!
  • Are Ostriches mean?
  • ostriches are territorial and sometimes unpredictable like any other animal. They usually give you warning signals before they do anything that might harm you. At times, they can be aggressive and are capable of hurting you, but most injuries are very minor. A few ostriches are certainly mean, just like a few dogs and cats are mean. But are all ostriches mean? Most definitely not!!
  • Do Ostriches kick forward?
  • Yes they do,  An ostrich’s powerful, long legs can cover 10 to 16 feet (3 to 5 meters) in a single stride. These legs can also be formidable weapons. Ostrich kicks can kill a human or a potential predator like a lion. Each two-toed foot has a long, sharp claw.
  • Are Ostrich Brains the same size as their eyes? 
  • Ok. Well, first of all, we have to think about why an ostrich has such large eyes… and for that we have to think about the ostrich in it’s normal environment. As the largest bird, it could look like a very tasty meal for predators so the ostrich has a small head on a long neck so it can take in a large view of the surroundings just in case something is trying to sneak up on it. If it seems something then it will run away as fast as it can (up to 60mph!). To help it see as much as it can ostriches have evolved the largest eye of any land mammal… 5cm in diameter (which is even bigger than an elephant’s eye!).Then we have to think why is the ostrich brain the size it is… well on a simple level, an ostrich’s brain is as big as it needs to be. This sounds silly but in evolution it must have been more successful to have a bigger eye than a bigger brain, therefore, all the ostriches which had slightly larger eyes (therefore better eyesight) must have been better at not being eaten, so could survive to pass on their genes to their babies. The size of a skull decides how large a brain can be as you have to think of the skull being a rigid box surrounding the brain, so if you give up more space for a big eye in your skull then there is less space for the brain.Also for what an ostrich needs in the way of brain function their small brains do just fine. Just don’t ask an ostrich to help you with your maths homework!!Ostrich Facts – The average weight of an ostrich:Body = 123,000g or 271.169 LBS
    Eye = 47.6g
    Brain = 42.1g
  • How big is an Ostrich egg?
  • Ostrich eggs are 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter and can weigh up to 3 lbs. (1.3 kg). Eggs are laid in a communal nest called a dump nest, which can hold about 60 eggs at one time. Males, as well as females, sit on the eggs until they hatch, which can take 42 to 46 days
  • Are Ostriches related to dinosaurs?  
  •   Yes they are, Ostrich tissue is very similar to that found in a T-Rex (Dinosaur).Recently, paleontologist Mary Higby Schweitzer of North Carolina State University stunned the world by announcing she’d found soft tissue inside the thigh bone of “T. rex,” a 68-million-year-old tyrannosaurus skeleton unearthed in eastern Montana in 2003.Didn’t anyone tell her that was impossible? Marrow, veins, cells – all that squishy stuff – is supposed to be mineralized away after 100,000 years or so. Dinosaur fossils are supposed to be nothing but rocks, right?So much for that theory. Under a microscope, the vessels inside the thigh looked identical to those of an ostrich, which puts both ostriches and T. rex in a whole new light. Schweitzer and her colleagues found that dinosaur soft tissue is closely associated with iron nanoparticles in both the T. rex and another soft-tissue specimen from Brachylophosaurus Canadensis, a type of duck-billed dinosaur. They then tested the iron-as-preservative idea using modern ostrich blood vessels. They soaked one group of blood vessels in iron-rich liquid made of red blood cells and another group in water. The blood vessels left in water turned into a disgusting mess within days. The blood vessels soaked in red blood cells remain recognizable after sitting at room temperature
  • Are Ostrich only found in Africa? 
  • NO. Ostriches can be found world-wide. Ostriches inhabit the savanna, desert, and open woodlands of central and southern Africa. They  are also found as far north as Alaska and as far south as South America. 

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