Ostrich Facts

  • The ostrich is the world’s largest flightless bird.
  • Ostriches have 3 fully functional stomachs.ostrich facts
  • Ostriches have the unique ability to urinate and defecate separately which is rare for birds.
  • Not only are ostriches the fastest of the birds, but they are also the fastest of any 2 legged creature with speeds of over 70km/hr.
  • They are able to run fast because they have only 2 toes on each of their feet instead of 4.
  • Ostriches’ wings can span for approximately 2 meters wide. They are used for mating rituals, provide shade for their chicks, and which help them change directions while running like rudders do for a plane.
  • When an ostrich is threatened, they can either run from danger or, their legs are so strong that with one forward kick they can kill a human or any other type of predator.
  • Fights for another ostrich’s territory usually last a few minutes. Slamming into another ostrich head will quickly end it.
  • Female ostriches put their eggs in a strong nest hold that’s 3m wide and it placed in the center. The female ostriches are able to differentiate their eggs from the others.
  • The egg of an ostrich are noted to be the largest of all bird species with a length of 15 centimeters and have the equivalent weight of two dozen chicken eggs.
  • The eggs usually hatch within 35-45 days. When the chick is born, it’s the male’s job to teach the little ones how to eat.
  • Ostriches DO NOT stick their heads in the ground. However, ostriches do lay low with their heads pressed to the ground as a defense mechanism.
  • Ostriches are bred all around the globe and highly marketed for the use of their skin for leather products.
  • Ostriches have inspired Mesopotamia and Egyptian civilizations for over five-thousand years.
  • In selected parts of Africa, people race ostriches for sport by sitting on top of the ostrich with a saddle. Much like racing horses.
  • Sadly, the population of wild ostriches has greatly declined over the time period of 200 years. Their population has increased in zoos and farms.
  • Ostriches don’t have teeth. They grind their food by swallowing pebbles which helps them to properly process the food in their stomach.
  • Fully-grown ostriches can carry up to 1kg of pebbles in their stomach.